Acanthopus excellens, f, face, brasil 2014-08-06-13.21.05 ZS PMax (14792513890)



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Monster cleptoparasite, this dramatic species is a nest parasite of bees in the genus Centris and is endemic to South America. Note the one shot of the lovely expanded tibial spurs. I do not know their function, but it may have to do with nest invasions, either digging or gripping the walls of the nest. Lovely metallic blue / purple colors. From the Packer Lab.

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Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200

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Source Acanthopus excellens, f, face, brasil_2014-08-06-13.21.05 ZS PMax
Author USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab from Beltsville, Maryland, USA


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