Hymenoptera through the day

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Bombus vosnesenskii, probably the most common bumblebee in Vancouver.

Here are a series of images I shot during the course of a summer day in Vancouver. All are hymenopterans, which, in addition to being tasty, are of course the best insects out there.

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A nest I uncovered of Myrmica specioides, a recent introduction on the West Coast.

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A big Megachilid.

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Myrmica rubra against the sky (bribed with a bit of honey).

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I have always wanted to get a shot of one of these chrysidid beauties. I believe it is Pseudomalus auratus.

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A gorgeous Philanthus beewolf, showing just how much they really do love flowers.

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A queen and workers of Myrmica rubra, the European Fire Ant.

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Myrmica rubra tending aphids, a few of which appear to be mummies.

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Ammophila wasps at sunset, shot with the 300 mm lens.

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