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Apr 26, 2016 11:40 |  #1

Technique: It was a cool day (18C) with partly cloudy skies and intermittent light showers -perfect weather to go looking for solitary bees since they'll have a tough time keeping their metabolism up. I got lucky and found this Mason bee (Male of Megachile (Chalicodoma) parietina.) semi-dormant in my Lavender. A few times it "woke up" and as it changed positions I looked for new compositions, and these are just my first three favorites out of what will be several sets.

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Apr 26, 2016 12:53 |  #2

Great set, John...

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Apr 26, 2016 17:38 |  #3

Great set, number 2 is my favorite :)


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Apr 27, 2016 00:57 |  #4

Lovely captures, not sure the ID is correct though.
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Apr 27, 2016 02:51 |  #5

A wonderful set John.

Agree with Brian, the face does not resemble what is called the hairy footed flower bee (anthophora plumipes) over here. Looks more like one of the Andrena/osmia bees.

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Apr 27, 2016 05:50 |  #6

Thanks Rob, Travis, Brian, and Linda 8-)

You may both be right Brian and Linda. Gonna have to edit one of the full body shots that I have and see if I can get a positive ID. Can't find any up close face shots to compare these images to.


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Apr 27, 2016 11:04 |  #7

Dalantech wrote in post #17986720 (external link)
Thanks Rob, Travis, Brian, and Linda 8-)

You may both be right Brian and Linda. Gonna have to edit one of the full body shots that I have and see if I can get a positive ID. Can't find any up close face shots to compare these images to.

God, you must have thousands of bee faces lol - I bet you have some somewhere. Always nice to get an ID if you can - one that I know has a face similar is Osmia bicornis, their face has all that creamy fur with the black face.

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Apr 27, 2016 14:13 |  #8

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God, you must have thousands of bee faces lol - I bet you have some somewhere. Always nice to get an ID if you can - one that I know has a face similar is Osmia bicornis, their face has all that creamy fur with the black face.

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It's a Mason Bee Linda :)

Male of Megachile (Chalicodoma) parietina.

IDed by a Greek entomologist that I know on Flickr. Good call on the ID!

Now if I could just rrouble one of the mods to change the post title.


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Apr 28, 2016 02:43 |  #9

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It's a Mason Bee Linda :)

Male of Megachile (Chalicodoma) parietina.

IDed by a Greek entomologist that I know on Flickr. Good call on the ID!

Now if I could just rrouble one of the mods to change the post title.

That's great, glad you got a pos ID. PM Lester Wareham, he might do it for you :-)

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Apr 28, 2016 02:58 |  #10

Beautiful captures. Looks like you are fully enjoying your new 80D.


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Apr 29, 2016 03:18 |  #11

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That's great, glad you got a pos ID. PM Lester Wareham, he might do it for you :-)

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Thanks Linda -PM sent to Lester. 8-)


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Beautiful captures. Looks like you are fully enjoying your new 80D.

Thanks!


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Apr 29, 2016 13:09 |  #13

Super cool. :)


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Apr 30, 2016 03:58 |  #14

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Super cool. :)

Thanks Snowy :)


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