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
An underlooked bee, so to speak.
Hylaeus sparsus, a small Hylaeus that comes with a nice spine where the front leg attaches to the thorax…making ID easy …if you look for that spine, that is, otherwise it is another small Masked Bee.
This one was collected by Jessica Rykken in Shenandoah National Park. The species shows up only rarely in collections and there are indications that it might be associated with blooming trees, but difficult to say given its rarity and complete lack of study. Pictures by Sydney Price.
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