The U.S. has program for the inventory and monitoring of bees – a project under the responsibility of biologists of the Geological Society of America in Maryland. As part of their work they create tools for the identification of the main species of bees, recreating accurate and detailed images of bees, plants and insects, which the bees interact. Biologists have established a mini-studio, surrounded by Styrofoam cooler with black backing to their macro shots which came out perfect. Here are some pictures of this amazing collection..
1. Euglossa male bees from Florida. (CC BY USGS / Sam Droege)
2. Leiobunum flavum – kind of arachnids known as Reapers, of Maryland.
3. Exomalopsis analis – bee from the Dominican Republic.
4. Arrhenodes minutus, attracted lantern Photographer Sam Droege.
5. Moth Synanthedon pyri from Maryland.
6. Xylocopa cubaecola – Cuban female carpenter bees. Found in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
7. Eggs cabbage bug Murgantia histrionica, common pests of cabbage.
8. Unknown jumping spider from Maryland.
9. Augochloropsis metallica – bee of Laurel, Maryland.
10. Unidentified wasp species, Yellowstone National Park.
12. Chlorion aerarium – blue hunter grasshoppers. Wasp found in Cumberland, Maryland.
11. Gorbatka-buffalo, an unknown species of the genus Ceresa.
13. Weevil. Unknown species of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.
14. Leucauge venusta, the spider garden, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
15. Beetle Gratiana pallidula, Maryland.
16. Rove, unknown species, found in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
17. Trichiotinus assimilis, conventional chafers
18. Horsefly, unknown species of Baui, Maryland.
19. Unknown spider, found March 21, 2013 in the steaming tunnel under the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.
20. Tabanus atratus, black horsefly, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.