Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • Sam Droege and his colleagues at the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab are creating highly detailed photos of bee populations and the plants and insects that interact with them. These photos and lightly-edited captions are from the team's <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/" target="external">Flickr page</a>. Seen here: An asilid robber fly, a bumblebee mimic, is presented on black clay.
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Big, Big, Big, In all its black-winged metallic glory... this species is larger than any bee north of Mexico, we trekked 2 days into the jungles of Guyana to find it. This species, and the genus as a whole, is a nest parasite on other equally large canopy dwelling Orchid Bees."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Cicindela scutellaris, the Festive Tiger Beetle, found on top of a butte in Badlands National Park that had ancient windblown sand at its crest where this sand specialist can build its long burrows."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "The ultra common, in every lawn, Pearl Crescent, Phyciodes tharos."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Beautiful in detail this lace bug of unknown species is only 3 mm long, found in a weedy field in Beltsville, Maryland."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Agapostemon melliventris. This one was collected in the southern remote portions of Badlands National Park in South Dakota within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Eucera rosae, a rather uncommon spring bee in same group as the more abundant Melissodes species. This one came from the Saint Mary's City area of Southern Maryland."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Periplaneta americana - the American cockroach."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "The lovely Augochlora pura, one of the most common bees of forests and forest edges, here with its tongue partially extended just to remind us how different bees are from mammals."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Another Chrysidid wasp (cuckoo wasp) from the Hart-Miller Dredge Spoil site in Baltimore Harbor, collected by Eugene Scarpulla, photographed by Brooke Alexander."
    Brooke Alexander/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "A small braconid wasp caught in a malaise trap outside the lab in Beltsville, MD."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "A Rove beetle found near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in mulch."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "A Syrphid fly in the genus Microdon. A lovely bee mimic and one that I had not seen before. Critters in the Genus Microdon complete their larval life cycle inside ant nests."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Unsure of which Green Lacewing species this is, it is also a bit discolored (the yellow areas should be green) in death, the eye alone adds appeal to this delicate species."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "The very common Two-striped Planthopper. Notice the veining in the wing that mimics the veins of a very tiny leaf."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Graphocephala versuta - A beautiful multiculored, but minute leafhopper, here captured and photographed in Upper Marlboro, Maryland."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "Scutigera coleoptrata, the house centipede, collected by one of the interns in her house. Legs curled up unfortunately the real beauty of this animal has to be seen live."
    Sue Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
  • "A Darkling Beetle, Tenebrionidae, found at night chewing on a small patch of shelf fungi on a stump in Upper Marlboro, Maryland."
    Sam Droege/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
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