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Pararhophites orobinus, Yellow Pollen Ball Bee, collected in Uzbekistan by Christophe Praz

  

This interesting little bee belongs to a genus of just three species from North Africa through Central Asia. They continue to confuse bee experts because of uncertainties about where they fit in the classificatory scheme. This is a work in progress. Nonetheless, they are unusual in that females carry pollen back to the nest all over their bodies and not packed onto the rear legs or underneath the abdomen like most bees. Another unusual feature is that they do not waterproof their brood cells or the food despite constructing shallow nests where the pollen balls might easily become waterlogged following a rain Presumably this lack of waterproofing discourages these bees from moving into damper regions of our planet.

  

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All photographs are public domain, feel free to download and use as you wish.

  

Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200

  

Further in Summer than the Birds

Pathetic from the Grass

A minor Nation celebrates

Its unobtrusive Mass.

No Ordinance be seen

So gradual the Grace

A pensive Custom it becomes

Enlarging Loneliness.

Antiquest felt at Noon

When August burning low

Arise this spectral Canticle

Repose to typify

Remit as yet no Grace

No Furrow on the Glow

Yet a Druidic Difference

Enhances Nature now

  

-- Emily Dickinson

  

Want some Useful Links to the Techniques We Use? Well now here you go Citizen:

  

Basic USGSBIML set up:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

  

USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdmx_8zqvN4

  

PDF of Basic USGSBIML Photography Set Up:

ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/How%20to%20Take%20MacroPhotographs%20of%20Insects%20BIML%20Lab2.pdf

  

Google Hangout Demonstration of Techniques:

plus.google.com/events/c5569losvskrv2nu606ltof8odo

or

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c15neFttoU

  

Excellent Technical Form on Stacking:

www.photomacrography.net/

 

Contact information:

Sam Droege

sdroege@usgs.gov

301 497 5840

 

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Uploaded on November 8, 2014