Jan 29, 2019
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The 40 Most Detailed Close-Ups of Arthropods You Will See Today

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An arthropod is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages. Arthropods include all insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. Their body plan consists of repeated segments, each with a pair of appendages. Their versatility has enabled them to become one of the most species-rich members on the planet. [Source]

They have over a million described species, making up more than 80% of all described living animal species. They range in size from microscopic plankton up to forms a few meters long. [Source]

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program designs and develops large and small-scale surveys and identification tools for native bees. A vital aspect of the program is to create accurate and detailed pictures of native bees as well as the plants and insects they interact with.

On their 1200+ Flickr photostream, the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (USGS BIML) has uploaded an astounding collection of macro photographs that you can see in full resolution. The detail and clarify is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

The Sifter went through all 1200 photos earlier today and compiled our 40 favourites. Be sure to check them out on Flickr to appreciate the volume of work they have shared for the benefit of all visitors.

 

 

 

1. Unknown Wasp

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

2. Yellow Jacket Mimic Fly

Photograph by USGS BIML/Tim McMahon

 

 

3. Female Northern Black Widow Spider
(Latrodectus variolus)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

4. The Endangered Karner Blue
(Lycaeides melissa samuelis)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

5. Melissodes dentiventris

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

6. Beetle on glass

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

7. Black Horse Fly
(Tabanus atratus)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

8. Augochlora regina

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

9. Oblong-winged katydid
(Amblycorypha oblongifolia)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

10. Megachile-campanulae

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

11. Lasioglossum nr longifrons

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

12. Lace Bug

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

13. Rove Beetle

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

14. Trypoxylon mexicanum

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

15. Centris haemorrhoidalis

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

16. Cone Head

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

17. Agapostemon coloradinus

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

18. Leptochilus acolhuus

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

19. Harlequin Bug Eggs
(Murgantia histrionica)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

20. Polistes metricus

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

21. Spider Wasp

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

22. Gryllus species

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

23. Hoplitis truncata

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

24. Deer Fly
(Tabanidae)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

25. Drepanaporus collaris

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

26. Triepeolus donatus

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

27. Drepanaporus collaris

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

28. Sharpshooter
(Oncometopia orbona)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

29. Trypoxylon mexicanum

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

30. Yellow Jacket Mimic Fly

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

31. Pearl Crescent
(Phyciodes tharos)

 

 

32. Camel Cricket
(Diestrammena asynamora)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

33. Harlequin Bug Nymphs
(Murgantia histrionica)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

34. Lachnopus guerinii

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

35. Bombus griseocollis

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

36. Coelioxys sayi

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

37. Unknown Spider

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

38. Brown marmorated stinkbug
(Halyomorpha halys)

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

39. Osmia sandersoneae

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

40. Dianthidium curvatum

Photograph by USGS BIML/Sam Droege

 

 

 

 

 

 

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