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Bees: the Bright, the Bold, and the Beautiful, Brought to Us by the US Geological Survey

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.

Andrena rudbeckiae, male, spotted in Maryland –
Andrena rudbeckiae

Chalybion californicum, female, spotted in Maryland –
Chalybion californicum

Anthophora tricolor, male, collected in Puerto Rico –
Anthophora tricolor

Augochlorella aurata, female, spotted in Maryland –
Augochlorella aurata

Agapostemon virescens, female, from New York –
Agapostemon virescens

Megachile fortis, found in Badlands National Park in South Dakota –
Megachile fortis

Exomalopsis analis, male, from the Dominican Republic –
Exomalopsis analis

Bombus huntii, male, found in Badlands National Park in South Dakota –
Bombus huntii

This entry was published on September 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Bees: the Bright, the Bold, and the Beautiful, Brought to Us by the US Geological Survey

  1. oh the bees! They are dying out pretty quickly.. its supposed to be because of all the electro-magnetic waves floating around, they just forget how to get home. People are working hard to save them and I hope they can 🙂 Lovely pics btw

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