Category: arthropod

An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab…

An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab spider

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

A denizen of the southern Andes and widely believed to be in decline due to competition and perhaps spread of pathogens with two introduced European bumblebees that have invaded the region. You notice this bee when it flies by. Dramatically orange with yellow highlights on the traditional deep black integument of bumblebees.

Another unknown jumping spider from Upper Marl…

Another unknown jumping spider from Upper Marlboro, this one is only a few mm long, lots of wonderful things live complictated lives at the scale of a few mm

Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Photographer: Sam Droege, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens,  Twin Macro Flash,  F5.0,  ISO 100,  Shutter Speed 200

Pow, Pow, Pow The females build the houses, ge…

Pow, Pow, Pow The females build the houses, get the groceries.  Males, just mate (and die young).

#11 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

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Public Bee Servant, sam droege

Would the public changes its attitude towards …

Would the public changes its attitude towards bees if they realized that they were really just wasps?

Number eight in the Know Your Wild Bees Campaign

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Public Bee Servant, sam droege

#5 The Sting of the Bee. More like a hypodermi…

  • #5 The Sting of the Bee. More like a hypodermic needle…less like a fish hook. The KNOW YOUR WILD BEES campaign helps you at cocktail parties

The start of our new “Know Your Wild Bees Camp…

The start of our new “Know Your Wild Bees Campaign”

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Public Bee Servant, sam droege

A bit of a mystery species.   

A bit of a mystery species.   

Melissodes tinctus

Almost all of the records are ancient with almost no recent records.  Here is a recent one though.  This is from a study of Florida coastal dune bee communities by Anthony Abbate…who should be getting his Master’s degree out of this any day.  This one found in Broward County.  Note how very white and hairy this lovely little gem is.  What pollen does it feed on…why does it seem to be so very uncommon/rare now?  Who is looking? Photo by Greta Forbes.

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Download our free field guide to the genera of bees:http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/beesofmarylandbookversion1.pdf

Public Bee Servant, sam droege