It’s a little past midnight, and I can’t stop looking at these photographs of bees. Partly, it’s because I can’t seem to get to sleep, but mostly I’m still looking through these over 1,200 macro photographs because they are, simply put, gorgeous.
A mere few hours ago, if you had mentioned to me the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program, I would have made a strange, buggy-eyed face and inquired, “There is such a thing?” Yes, there is such a thing. And thank goodness, too. With certain bee populations reportedly dwindling across the nation and the globe, it is nice to know that someone is looking out for the many hard-working bee species that help make our planet so fruitful and beautiful.
As part of its ongoing mission to survey bee populations, the USGS program keeps a growing collection of detailed photographs of many of the bee species it identifies. The collection also includes images of the plants and other insects these animals interact with in their natural habitats. Pages of beautiful images, all of which are freely shareable, may be found on their Flickr page.