Xylocopa virginica, m, face, talbot, md

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Detailed Description

Giant Flying Eye - The male of Xylocopa virginica or Virginia Carpenter Bee. Any bee with this much "eye" is clearly doing something different visually. In this case the males are guarding nesting territories and the associated females and their young and defending them from other males. You will note this when you go out on your deck and a "bumblebee" starts flying around you, sorry, but it is just a this male who has a difficult time differentiating sizes, rather, it is a magnificent motion detector. It is also completely harmless and has no sting, like all male Hymenoptera. While the females have stings they are pretty pathetic compared to social insects such as honeybees and paper wasps, and you actually have to grab one to make it sting you. Collected at the Pickering Creek Audubon Society BioBlitz this past weekend. 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.


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