Orchid Bee Project Finished!

Late in August, I was focused on imaging sawflies when I suddenly changed course after finding a drawer of orchid bees. I was browsing Dr. Lawrence Gilbert’s tropical insect collection, recently donated to the UTIC, and the product of trips to Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Mexico during the 70s and 80s. In this tropical collection are insects with striking colors, sizes, and shapes. The orchid bees of Dr. Gilbert’s collection, 28 species in total, quickly drew my attention and took the month of September to image.

Seeing how we received attention over our use of focus-stacking and color (See The Guardian and WIRED), I decided to image a specimen of each species once on a black background and once on a color background.

You can find the gallery here or by clicking the image below:



Alejandro is a Scientist Assistant at the University of Texas Insect Collections (UTIC) and at the Texas Natural History Collections (TNHC). He received his B.S. in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin.

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