Possessed by Krombein

A few of the many cabinets of bees at the United States National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)

A few of the many cabinets of bees at the United States National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)


Over New Years, I had the chance to visit the insect collections at the United States National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution). Krombein’s collection of wasps, bees, and nest associates from his trap-nesting studies are housed there. I spent an entire day looking over the specimens – mostly his wasps – trying to learn more about species that may nest in our blocks. That was a great way to start 2015!
About half the drawers of insects in Krombein's research collection including his trap-nesting studies

About half the drawers of insects in Krombein’s research collection including his trap-nesting studies


A drawer of Krombein's specimens

A drawer of Krombein’s specimens

Two square-headed wasps are stored with the nest from which they emerged.

Two square-headed wasps are stored with the nest from which they emerged.

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