USGS Bee Lab: Augochloropsis sumptuosa
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The United States Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab tracks the health and habitat of native bees, which includes creating a visual archive that helps researchers identify bee species in North America. Headed by researcher Sam Droege, the Bee Lab has created over 1400 finely detailed macro photographs, which more closely resemble portraits than mere scientific documentation.
This very uncommon blue and green metallic bee is exquisite at the macro level, as well as at the micro level where the surface of the integument is lushly inscribed with microscopic lines and pits — characteristic of this species. This particular specimen of Augochloropsis sumptuosa was collected by Heather Campbell in the Sandhills of North Carolina.
This limited-edition art print is made using archival pigment inks on premium metallic photographic paper, and includes a certificate of authenticity. The listed dimensions are for the final paper size, and include a 1/2 inch margin for framing.