Bee biologists all struggle with identifying what they catch. Its irritating that, even under a microscope, it is difficult to tell many species apart. Here is an example…but it does have a “tell."
Megachile pseudobrevis has extensive black hairs at the tip of the underside of the abdomen while M. brevis has almost entirely white hairs. There you go. This specimen from Georgia. This shot by Kamren Jefferson.
A lovely reddish haired carpenter bee from Kruger National Park. Picture by Erick Hernandez.
Aptly named: Lasioglossum coeruleum.
Most of the many confusing members of these small sweat bees glimmer discretely in metallic integument, but our friend here takes it up a notch to and Osmia level.
This makes them identifiable…except for the problem that some of them are not so bright…irritating if you have to identify them…but once you get the pattern you feel a small sense of superiority to those in power in the world who clearly would fail if you asked them to identify an “off” L. coeruleum specimen. So there. Specimen collected by Michael Veit in transmission lines in CT…
Wayyyyyy up in the Andes spitting distance from Argentina, this wee Callonychium chilense was collected on an expedition with Laurence Packer to southern Chile. One of those one way dirt roads that hugs the mountains and gives one opportunity to fall into the valley in a truly spectacular way. Memorable.
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Baeoalitriozus diospyri, Persimmon psyllid
Taken at 10x with a microscope objective attached to an old 200ml lens. This is a small small small plant sucking bug. Likely it feeds only on plants in the persimmon group. You can see the tip of a pin glued to its back. Equally evolved as any other insect..this small thing has secrets to tell us if we were to watch and study what it does in order to stay around for so many centuries.
Collected by Brad Seay in Davidsonville, MD
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