Pachymelus bicolor, m, backend, madagascar
An enormous bee from Madagascar, the largest members of the subfamily Anthophorini. At least some of these bees are hover pollinators of native plants in the mint family. Males have some slight modifications of the hind legs and an oddly projecting humanized face. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200 USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.