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Osmia conjuncta, F, MD, face_2015-11-20-21.54 | by Sam Droege
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Osmia conjuncta, F, MD, face_2015-11-20-21.54

This beautiful blue bee nests in snail shells. I am not sure if there are other species in the East that nest in snail shells, there could be...we know so very little about most species. Collected in Maryland somewhere (probably western Maryland) and Photographed by Wayne Boo.





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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


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Uploaded on February 18, 2016