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A checklist of bee species in the Virginia Tech Insect Collection

Sweat bee, Augochlora pura mosieri Cockerell, 1922 (family Halictidae) By Katie Williamson, Derek Hennen, and Paul Marek What’s one of the first things that comes to your mind when describing a bee? A fuzzy, flying insect? Pollination? Or even how … Continue reading

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Bressler longhorned beetle collection

The longhorned beetle, Typocerus zebra (Olivier, 1795) In May, Dr. Ellen Brown of Fredericksburg, Virginia donated the collection of her husband Dr. Barry Lee Bressler (1936 – 2017) to the Virginia Tech Insect Collection. Dr. Bressler, who was born in … Continue reading

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Milkweed pollinia

Back in April I posted an image of a Sphex sp. wasp with some odd structures on its legs. At the time I suspected the weird things were fungal growths. After some additional research (i.e., I found a photo of a bee … Continue reading

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