Amazing close up insects on our planet

Amazing close up insects on our planet

The biologists of the US Geological Survey in the state of Maryland, within the framework of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program, have made more than 1200 macro images of insects such as bees, wasps, bumblebee, beetles, spiders and many others. One successful shot has more than a hundred unsuccessful.


Biscayne National Park is a US national park located in the southern part of Florida, east of Homestead. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Spider (in the grasshopper mowing, slanting). A female can lay up to 600 eggs. Mowers are not poisonous and do not have cobwebs. They have a pair of cephalothoracic glands secreting an odorous secret. Because of the sharp odor, they are almost not consumed in food by predatory insects and vertebrates. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Bee (Exomalopsis analis) from the Dominican Republic.
There are about 20 thousand species of bees, found on all continents, except Antarctica. They feed on nectar and pollen, using nectar mainly as a source of energy, and pollen for the production of proteins and other nutrients. Their size ranges from 2 mm in a pygmy bee (Trigona minima) to 39 mm in the species Megachile pluto, which lives in Indonesia. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Ant Woodworm (Woody Ant). These are the largest ants, reaching up to 15mm in length. The most common varieties are black, but some have a reddish or yellowish color. Working individuals have large lower jaws. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

The glass poplar is large. The range of its wings is 45 mm. In contrast to the crystal caterpillar (mole from the family of dalcerides), these mainly live and feed in the wood of black alder, or sedge, but can also be found in other species of poplars. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Bumblebee (Xylocopa cubaecola). The picture was taken in Guantanamo (a city in the south-east of Cuba).
This is one of the most cold-resistant insects that are capable, often reducing the muscles of the chest, to accelerate your body to the required 40 ° C. Therefore, they can fly out in the early morning to collect the first nectar, when the air is still not warmed up enough and other types of insects are still hiding in anticipation of the sun. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Eggs of the cabbage bug Murgantia histrionica. The body length of cruciferous (cabbage) bug is 9-10 mm. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Spiderman is an active day hunter. He has a well developed internal hydraulic system that allows you to jump for long distances, far exceeding the size of their own body. Before the jump, the spider is insured: it attaches to the place where the jump will take place, the silk thread of the web. Horses easily climb the glass with the help of small hairs and claws. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Galichtida Augochloropsis metallica from the family of bees of the order Hymenoptera insects. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Wasp. Photo taken in Yellowstone National Park. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

The buffalo is an insect with a high and strongly flattened body shape resembling a plant leaf. Bodushka can move with large leaps, which is typical in case of danger or make long enough flights with the help of their translucent wings. This insect inflicts serious harm to a variety of trees, in the young twigs of which it makes long slits and lays eggs in them. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Wasp in Cumberland, Maryland. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Weevils (Curculionidae) – one of the largest families of beetles, numbering more than 50 thousand species. Their characteristic feature is the elongated front part of the head, the so-called rostrum, due to which they received their name. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Spider Leucauge venusta. Upper Marlborough, Maryland. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Beetle Gratiana pallidula, subgenus of tusky beetles from the family of beetles and subfamily of Harpalinae. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Staphylinides (Staphylinidae). There are about 55 thousand species. This group of beetles has an ancient origin – fossil remains are dated to the Triassic (220 million years old), Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. Adult insects are carriers of the toxic alkaloid ponderin, which is contained in them in the hemolymph. This substance causes the person inflammatory skin lesions, dermatitis. The substance can get on the skin after touching the beetle, as a result of getting poison on the skin this site turns red, swells and itches. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

The May Scarab beetle (Trichiotinus assimilis), which in Egyptian mythology was revered as a sacred insect of the gods of the Sun and was considered a symbol of the creative power of the Sun, a rebirth in the afterlife. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Slepen (Tabanidae) from the family of Diptera from the suborder of short-hair in Bowie, Maryland. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Unknown spider found on March 21, 2013 in a steam tunnel near Beltsville (a settlement in the US state of Maryland). It is possible that this is Pholcus phalangioides. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

Fly Tabanus atratus in the American city of Upper Marlborough. CC BYUSGS/Sam Droege

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