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Photo#59487
Megachilid - Megachile - male

Megachilid - Megachile - Male
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 10, 2006
Size: 6-7mm
Megachile sp.?

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Megachilid - Megachile - male Megachilid - Megachile - male

Moved

Moved
Moved from Leaf-cutting Bees.

Megachile (Eutricharaea)
male; exotic, native to the Palearctic

 
Thanks,
I guess in an urban setting you get some of the exotics.

Nice wing veination view
on a *live* bee!

 
Veination
I've learned (slowly) to try for shots with the camera sensor oriented parallel to the wings. This is only possible, in most cases, with a camera that has a tiltable LCD that shows a live view, of course. (Nikon 5700, Nikon S4, Nikon 9500, etc.)

 
Oops,
I should have cropped the image to only show the wing, which was the only purpose for including this shot. - Have to do this later since I'm heading out of town.

 
Megachile
yes, nice venation display.

 
I wouldn't mind
seeing the entire bee on the flower, which of course your other shot does show. My comment was more like, "See? You don't have to kill the bee and photograph it lying dead on a table to get a good ID image."

Of course doing it your way requires more patience and luck.

 
Thank you, Jim,
I completely agree. While I don't believe you can do Entomology without sampling the fauna, I think it can be done judiciously.
Photography, besides carrying useful visual information, delivers an aesthetic comment.

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