Category: hairy

More from last year’s expedition to Chil…

More from last year’s expedition to Chile with Laurence Packer.   

Such a lovely country…we camped in a new place every day.  Ping ponging from the Andes to the Coast sleeping along the road or in open pastures.  Lovely people, easy travel, no problems with law enforcement people.   This is a Caenohalictus species of some kind.  Photo by Anders Croft  …Note the hairy eyeballs…similar to Honey bees.

Brown Lacewing, Symperhobius species? Note the…

Brown Lacewing, Symperhobius species? Note the very lovely carved brass mesh eye, Beltsville, Maryland

One of the common spring Osmia…Osmia at…

One of the common spring Osmia…Osmia atriventris

This specimen came from bowl traps right at the lab…unlike other specimens it was processed right away and the luminescence of the eyes of this particular specimen retained at least some of the flavor of what they look like when alive.

Favors blueberry and related shrubs.

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, link to a .pdf of our set up is located in our profile

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Two different specimens of Andrena geranii.  

Two different specimens of Andrena geranii.  

A northernish species that appears to be a specialist on ….geraniums.  Notable (and helpful when identifying) is the slight blue metallic sheen to the body.  Aaman Dengis and Brooke Alexander took the pictures.  Specimens were from Wisconsin and Maryland.

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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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Public Bee Servant, sam droege