Beauty of the Bees

Problems with honey bee pollinators has increased interest in native pollinators. Pollinators are a guild which is a group of not-necessarily-related insects that share a lifestyle but may differ greatly in taxonomy. Many people who want to study pollinators lack the taxonomic expertise to correctly identify them. The USGS is trying to facilitate studies by producing series of high quality pictorial guides.

One of the scientists, Sam Droege, uses macrophotography, computer stacking software and post processing to produce high quality insect images. His work has been featured on FlickrBlog which is worth checking out. The USGS also has a YouTube video featuring Sam Droege giving tips on photographing insects including inexpensive devices for lighting.

Bee

Bee
Image: Sam Droege

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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