My general rule is to try to stick to posting my own photos, with occasional illustrative borrows. But rules are made to be broken, and sometimes images that are so astounding that they are irresistible are made available online. The Guardian website showed some bees from the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab that are compelling… here are a few ‘in flight’, from their massive reference library of bee species. If you hover over each image, you’ll get the ID and location of the bee.

A female Augochloropsis metallica bee, collected from a tomato plant in San Francisco. A female Halictus ligatus bee, from the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania A male Euglossa dilemma bee from Biscayne National Park A female Anthophora affabilis bee from Badlands National Park, South Dakota A female Andrena erythronii bee A female Eucera rosae bee from Queen Anne's County, Maryland A male Bombus bimaculatus bee from Wolf Trap National Park A Megachile fortis bee from Badlands National Park, South Dakota A female Centris species bee from the Dominican Republic

All photographs: Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab 


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