Metallic Green Bee, Agapostemon sp.

Agapostemon sp. – Halictidae

Fairport, NY, USA

Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D.

ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper


  1. #1 Warren
    December 15, 2009

    I love metallic bugs. 

    Al, you should put out a coffee table book of bug photos. Sell posters. Maybe smugmug already does this. Get some media student to put together a YouTube video showcasing your photography, set to music. You’re really amazing and most people have never seen your stuff. You deserve the exposure. No one cares about ant taxonomy, but people remember amazing photos forever. It’s not fair and it’s not right, but it’s true. I realize that for professional reasons you’ve got to play down your photography as a pleasant aside to serious research. But your pictures tell a different story. Am I way off-base?


  2. #2 Matt
    December 15, 2009

    Absolutely stunning shot. I love how the eye and the stamen are in the same focal plane.

  3. #3 MrILoveTheAnts
    December 15, 2009

    What is the flower? A native rose?

  4. #4 Justin
    December 15, 2009

    Fairport!? Why were you in Fairport?

  5. #5 Nicholas
    December 16, 2009

    Wow, beautiful pretty colours 🙂

    Nice one!

  6. #6 jason
    December 16, 2009

    Stunning colors! What a fantastic photo. In the remnants of the Blackland Prairie that–strangely enough–exist inside an urban park here in Dallas, these bees are prolific in spring and summer. They’re small but definitely worth stopping to admire.

    And the more I look at this photo, the more I’m mesmerized by the eye and the pollen on the back leg. You really captured some beautiful details. Wow!

  7. #7 myrmecos
    December 17, 2009

    Fairport? I grew up there and still visit now and again.

  8. #8 myrmecos
    December 17, 2009

    Thanks for your kind words, Warren.

    It’s not that I want to play down the photography. I like doing both research and photography, but it’s a great deal easier to balance the two- and pay the mortgage- by keeping the research full time and the photography part-time, rather than the alternative.

    That, and keeping up with the research community means I have photographic access to some rather interesting subjects.

  9. #9 Justin
    December 18, 2009

    I see; I did my undergraduate at Nazareth. I suppose it’s not that fantastic of a coincidence now that I’ve thought it through a bit more.

    Wonderful photo though!

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