Pseudopanurgus rugosus, collected by the glorious State of Virginia Natural Heritage group.
This whole group is a bit of a nightmare.
Uncommon, tiny, often very similar looking and widely ignored by taxonomists. I often have to leave them as sp….or as we say ‘spuh’. Which is not something that should be happening in this modern sophisticated, send-a-man-to-the-moon, sort of society. But it is. P. rugosus...not so difficult. Has ‘rugged’ topography on its back…thus its name.
A lovely blue green teal spider wasp with purple highlights and infuscated wings. Collected in Southern Chile with Laurence Packer.
Another dark northern Andrena.
This one (Andrena milwaukiensis) also runs down the high elevations of the Rockies and the Appalachians. Collected in Hancock County, Maine and contibuted by Alison Dibble. Photographed by Wayne Boo
The last of the Campaign. I hope you enjoyed it. Will post the originals where you can grab them later.
#10 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN
The problem with alien bees.
1% is low, but some recent pilgrims to the U.S. are now building up populations to levels where they dominate some capture events.
Do we have a problem? Right now, maybe not so much, but in the future…the answer is probably we will. Just look at the ladybug situation. Almost all the ladybugs you see are…not from this continent.
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