Osmia lignaria, F, Face, Washington, DC

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Here you can see the sculptured wonder of an Osmia's Mandibles...designed to cut leaves to line their nests. While indistinct you can see the notch out of the rim of the clypeus that defines this species. The classic Blue Orchard Bee, that many gardeners make nests for by drilling blocks of wood or buying little houses or straws. All well and good except for the fact that 2 recent Asian Osmia species are now starting to dominate populations in both urban and rural areas. O. taurus and O. cornifrons. We will see what happens to our native as the invasives become more numerous. Photograph by Sue Boo.Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200, link to a .pdf of our set up is located in our profile


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