Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North America. Here is a selection of their work. ( Click images for brief description)

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| images by Sam Droege

bees nature Environment science ecology US Geological Survey Bee Inventory USGS Bee Inventory photography macro photography Augochloropsis metallica Habropoda laboriosa Halictus ligatus Xylocopa mordax Andrena erythronii

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