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An entomologist looks over the Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) captive breeding area at the Minnesota Zoo. This butterfly species is in steep decline due to the lack of its natural prairie habitat.

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An entomologist scouts for El Segundo flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus). This insect was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s but a small remnant population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in the early 2000s.

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An entomologist scouts for El Segundo flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus). This insect was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s but a small remnant population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in the early 2000s.

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An entomologist scouts for El Segundo flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus). This insect was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s but a small remnant population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in the early 2000s.

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An entomologist searches for a federally endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis). With fewer than 1,000 individuals left, this is the only fly to be federally listed.

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An entomologist carefully walks through the habitat of the federally endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis). With fewer than 1,000 individuals left, this is the only fly to be federally listed.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, plays his clarinet while surrounded by some of his bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, plays his clarinet while wearing a “bee beard.”

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, plays his clarinet while wearing a “bee beard.”

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, plays his clarinet while wearing a “bee beard.”

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, holds up some of his bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, plays his clarinet while surrounded by some of his bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Dr. Norman Gary, an entomologist and bee wrangler, poses for a portrait wearing a beard of honey bees.

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Canned silk worm pupae (Bombyx mori) for human consumption.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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