We've highlighted the spectacular macro portraits of insects being photographed and posted on the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab's Flickr stream before. We're still blown away by what is being added to the gallery. The lab is dedicated to larvae and small-scale surveys of native bees, but bees aren't the only things the team photographs. If you haven't checked it out yet and you have any sort of interest in bugs, birds or macro photography, give it a gander. Here are some highlights featuring insects, eggs, a spider and a tiny caterpillar:
"Eggs, Harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica, a common pest of brassicas, these were raised by the Weber USDA lab at Beltsville, Maryland."
"While almost certainly M. bimaculata, this specimen from Key Biscayne National Park, does not conform to the description of South Florida specimens, which are given the subspecies name. M. b. nulla."
"Cicindela scutellaris - the Festive Tiger Beetle, found on top of a butte in Badlands National Park that had ancient windblown sand at its crest, very different from the rest of the gumbo soils of the park. Here this sand specialist can build its long burrows."
"Cicindela scutellaris - the Festive Tiger Beetle"
"Centris ... the tropical western hemisphere's answer to the Bumblebee. Bumblebees are absent from the Caribbean but bees of the genus Centris are of the same size and shape and fill the same floral niche muscling their way into large tropical flowers."
"The luscious greenescent caterpillar of the brown drab northern pearly eye butterfly."
"An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab spider. Beltsville, Maryland."
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