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6 Jun

PHOTOS: Bees: Up Close and Beautiful

Many probably think of bees as those pesky things that come around during picnics and manage to give everyone a good scare.  Sam Droege, a biologist at the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, however, gives everyone a chance to see these insects in a beautiful new light with his brilliant photographs.


Photo Credit Sam Droege

Droege's role is to document many of the 4,000 species of bees that can be found here in North America.  From this information he is able to work with his colleagues to track fluctuations in different species’ populations.  The photographs are magnified to show the bees at up to five times their actual size according to


Photo Credit Sam Droege

Droege is tasked with very important job -- keeping track of so many insects which are a vital part of our ecosystem is no small task. And we must say he does an amazing job!

Check out even more images from Droege.

It is easy to forget about these tiny members of our environment, but luckily we have got your covered. Check out Buggin with Rudd to learn more!

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