A male Lasioglossum truncatum, with great, long antennae, the yellow tarsal segments are distinctive in conjunction with the yellow on the clypeus and the slightly weakened veins in the wings. Collected by Tim McMahon and photoed by Dejen Mengis. Here I see the hands of a Balinese dancer
An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab spider
The Giant Stag beetle ….Lucanus elephus….a huge beetle of eastern forests. This specimen can from California, Maryland and was collected by members of Bartlett Tree Company.
The red maple, Acer rubrum
Often one of the most dominant trees in deciduous woods in the East. It blooms very early in the spring and provides pollen and nectar to the set of bees, and flower flies, that come out early. One can only imagine what the tonnage of pollen and nectar these trees produce in aggregate, and how such a seemingly small, component of the tree, flowers, could drive the populations of a huge number of bees and other insects in. Flowers collected by the photographs taken by Helen Lowe Metzman from Howard County Maryland.
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.
The luscious greenescent caterpillar of the brown drab northern pearly eye butterfly. check out the 6 little eyes located down near the mouth/mandibles, I feel rather “Hello Kitty” when looking this one in the face
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
A new Washington DC record.
Triepeolus cressonii, captured in the Kenilworth aquatic Gardens along the Anacostia River.
A very urban landscape, but one that still retains quite a bit of original nature thanks to the work of the National Park Service maintains the property as well as adjacent areas along this quiet backwater. The specimen was collected by and photographed by Chelcey Nordstrom.
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