Throwdown: Beecause

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  • #416841

    LeanneC
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    I don’t remember ever seeing a throwdown for bees. As a gardener, I love seeing lots of bee activity in my yard. Until I started photographing them I didn’t realize how many different kinds of bees there are! I will kick off with a couple of shots from this summer:

    Raining Pollen (bee on the corn tassel)

    Raining Pollen

    In the Pumpkin Flower (I learned that the squash bee, seen here, is a specialized bee that mostly visits cucurbits – squash, pumpkins, gourds, etc.)

    In the Pumpkin Flower

     

     

  • #416847

    Dorothy
    Participant

    LeanneC – great shots, cool idea for throwdown, now if i wasn’t afraid of bees… πŸ™‚Β  actually i end up getting all kinds of bees and wasps just because i catch them in the flowers i like.

     

    • #416871

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Thanks Dorothy! Can’t wait to see some of your images. I always say that if you photograph flowers eventually you end up photographing bees (and other insects)!

  • #416849

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    • #416865

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Color, light and DOF working wonders here Graham..

    • #416872

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Dreamy, softness of the flowers, thanks to a nice shallow DOF. But the bee is nice and sharp. Great image, Graham. Thanks for sharing!

    • #416923

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Beautiful one! I agree with Leanne, this looks really dreamy due to softness and pastel colors.

    • #416963

      P71
      Participant

      Lovely photo graham

    • #416978

      Tom M
      Participant

      Your shot is awesome Graham…

       

    • #420017

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      I’ve never been that close to a bee before. I’ve never known them to be dreamy and beautiful, but this one certainly is!

  • #416858

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    • #416873

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I thought you might like this throwdown, Dave! Love coneflowers and that is a great capture of the bee visiting.

  • #416860

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

  • #416863

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Beautiful shots Leanne.Β  Don’t know why this reply ended up down here.

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    • #416875

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Thanks Dave. I think the comment ended up there because I started the thread? Love both of your images as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    • #416877

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Awesome photos David! Love the variety. Do you get many bumblebees where you are? We have seen some monster ones this summer – they sound like a small helicopter and fly a bit like a blimp. I have yet to capture one in a shot though! Usually I am dodging to get out of their way.

      • #416956

        We don’t get them at all in Brisbane Leanne. This was taken in Tasmania where there are heaps of them. We get teddy bear bees and blue banded bees. Have seen teddy bears but not managed to photograph one yet. Will try harder. Will find a blue banded bee pic and post also.

        • #417241

          LeanneC
          Participant

          Oh, that is so interesting, David. I would love to see some pics of the others as we don’t get them here.

  • #416870

    Australian native bee & passion flower

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    • #416878

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Beautiful! It is always cool to capture a bee flying – and not easy!

      • #416957

        These bees are about the size of a grain of rice. They are stingless, but man they can give you an evil look! Their honey is quite astringent.

        • #417242

          LeanneC
          Participant

          Wow! Is the honey used commercially?

    • #416883

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      This flower looks totally bewitching!

  • #416891

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Do Wasps Count ?
    Mud Dauber Wasp

    • #416962

      P71
      Participant

      Class shot mate.

    • #417004

      LeanneC
      Participant

      That is a creepy looking critter Robert! Is it dead?

      • #417348

        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Yes it is Leanne ,Β  this is a fairly extreme macro shot as these mud dauber wasps are only about 4mm in length.

        • #417359

          LeanneC
          Participant

          Wow! Did you do some stacking? Love the details.

    • #421402

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      That’s an amazing shot, for some reason this wasp looks like some sort of magician here!

  • #416929

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    I’ll blame Robert for opening the door. πŸ™‚

    Not a bee but a fly. A carnivorous fly. At least I THINK it’s a fly. Kind of hard to see but this fly is eating another insect. I spent some time looking but could not find what type of fly this is.

    • #417005

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Wow! Very interesting.

  • #416947

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    bee

    • #417006

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Beautiful Diane.

  • #416971

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Leafcutter bee on a Coreopsis. They carry pollen on their abdomen instead of their legs like honey bees do.

    • #416988

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Great detail Dave!

      • #417001

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks. You asked about lens used on my Woodland Skipper shot. This shot an exception. Lens used here is Pentax D FA 100mm Macro WR on a K-1 II. This Coreopsis is real popular with the pollinators. With those colors it’s no wonder.

    • #417007

      LeanneC
      Participant

      That is really interesting Dave. Looks like it has a fair bit of pollen.

      • #417270

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Hi Leanne. I agree. Pretty interesting. Have seen many honey bees carrying pollen their legs. I had to search google to find info on this bee.

  • #416979

    Tom M
    Participant

    • #417002

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Nice one Tom. I’ve yet to get a good bumble bee in flight shot. I like the pastel colors in this one.

    • #417008

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Super catch Tom!

  • #416980

    Tom M
    Participant

    … and the B&W of above.

  • #416986

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Small bee with white pollen

    bee with white pollen

    • #417000

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Bees sure love the thistle. Seems like this one’s been busy. πŸ™‚

    • #417303

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Nice one, Diane!

  • #417305

    LeanneC
    Participant

    I recently made a trek up a mountain in Revelstoke, B.C. The temperature drop as we went higher was quite marked and when we explored a trail close the summit we were greeted by beautiful meadows and loads of ‘sleeping’ bumble bees. Every other flower had a bee at rest. I had to look it up and discovered that if the temperature drops the bees will simple nestle in to a flower, as it can be several degrees warmer than the air temperature. It was a little eerie seeing so many bees so still in one place.

    'Sleeping' Bumble Bee

    • #417312

      Tom M
      Participant

      That is so cool Leanne. Interesting info…

       

    • #417320

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Wow, I never knew that about bees, Leanne! Nice shot, too.

  • #417321

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Bee on dandelion …

    bee-autiful on dandelion

    • #417357

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Very fuzzy! Great close-up Diane.

    • #417456

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      This one sure is a fuzzy little bugger.

  • #417339

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Another oldie…

    • #417358

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Lovely light in this one, Graham.

  • #417404

    The Blue-banded, or long-tongue bee.

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    • #417585

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Pretty flower and bee! Is that the bee’s “tongue” sticking out?

  • #417457

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Leafcutter bee on Sedum.

    • #417584

      LeanneC
      Participant

      So pretty. Love the different designs on the abdomen.

  • #417473

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Can I just say that I am flabbergasted at how many different types of bees there are out there. Who knew?

    • #417528

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      I didn’t Graham, since I’ve been looking this summer, I’ve been amazed at how many different bees in one garden, let alone anywhere else!
      Lovely shot, btw!

    • #417583

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This one has an almost “metallic” look Graham. Nicely captured! And yes, there sure are a lot of bees out there! I went to look up a bumble bee I photographed only to learn that our province alone has 32 different ones!

  • #417511

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Well I’ve already posted one fly pic in Leanne’s Bee Throw down. One more can’t hurt. This is a Green Bottle Fly. I like the metallic coloring of these guys. Wish my truck was this color. No more fly pics Leanne. I promise.

    • #417527

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Cool shot Dave, I think that Green Bottles make good photos as their colouring is so metallic and bright!

      • #417542

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Diane. The metallic color makes them look a bit futuristic I think.

    • #417581

      LeanneC
      Participant

      These guys are cool, Dave. Bend the rules as you wish. But I am wondering if we need an “any kind of insect” challenge as well! LOL!

  • #417543

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    A bottle fly patiently waits.

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    • #417582

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Wow! Are they on geraniums, Dave? I didn’t realize they had so much pollen to “offer” That is a great double bee shot.

      • #417643

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        These bees are living it up on a Malva Zebrina. According to the tag that came with the plant it’s a perennial Mallow. I don’t know any more than that except that every pollinator in the garden loves it. If you like pollen it’s been THE place to be the last couple of weeks.

        • #417663

          LeanneC
          Participant

          Cool! And thanks for the flower ID. I have a hard time telling those ones apart.

  • #417664

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Another bee visiting the corn tassels. Although they aren’t necessary for corn pollination, they sure enjoy the pollen! This gal’s pollen baskets are full!

    Bee Buffet

    • #417702

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Beautiful shot. The colors work really nice together. She sure is carrying a load.Β  πŸ™‚

  • #417996

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Bumble bee on Narrowleaf Milkweed.

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    • #418177

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Wonderful! I want to reach out and pet its fuzzy body.

      • #418205

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        πŸ™‚ You might be able to get away with it. They seem so focused on feeding I’m not sure they notice what’s going on around them.

  • #418163

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    More noise than I’d like but bumble bees in flight are proving difficult for me to capture.

     

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    • #418178

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Super tricky shot, for sure. Not bad!

      • #418206

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        One tricky aspect is avoiding a busy, distracting back ground. And I still haven’t got one shot of a bumble bee flying toward me.

  • #418597

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Leafcutter bee on Joe Pye weed. Another flower pollinators love.

  • #418651

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Focus is soft but this is the only decent bee shot I’ve managed to get with one flying facing me, Dave. They sure look awkward!

    Bee flying

    • #418668

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      It’s not an easy shot to get. As your shot here shows many times there’s a branch or flower petal or something in the way preventing a clear shot.Β  They almost never give you a clue they’re about to take off. They rarely rise straight up when they take off. Combining narrow aperture for decent DOF and shutter speed needed to stop movement requires high ISO resulting in more noise. And on and on. All that said you captured a pretty good shot of a bee flying toward you.Β  πŸ™‚

  • #419955

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Bee on Basil.

    I THINK this a bee “bee”cause of the hair. But not sure. I searched but could not identify it.

     

    • #420001

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This one has me baffled too, Dave! It is certainly an unusual looking bee with some “waspish” characteristics! Great image. Maybe someone else will be able to identify it for us.

      • #420158

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        After looking at more pics I think it’s a leaf cutter bee. Definitely fuzzier than the other leaf cutters I’ve taken pictures of though.

  • #420002

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Bumblebee at Rest

    This one was resting on a sunflower in our back yard. Love the fuzzy body with the two bands of orange. Sounds like a small aircraft when flying!

    Bumblebee at Rest

    • #420161

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Great shot Leanne. Colors work perfectly together. The little splash of orange on the bee gives the image a little extra punch. Nicely done.Β  πŸ™‚

    • #420300

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Lovely Leanne!

  • #420176

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Sweat Bee on Purple Cone Flower.

    • #420299

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      I’ve never seen one of these, the green is very bright, cool shot Dave!

      • #420356

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Diane. That bright green probably serves some kind of purpose but I don’t know what. Maybe supposed to make it look more dangerous to would be predators.

    • #420320

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Great shot! I love the colours. I got my first sweat bee sting this summer when swimming outside. I attempted to rescue one from the pool and was rewarded with a sting! I have a shot of one similar to this that I will try and dig out.

  • #420229

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Honey bee keeping her distance from a bald-faced hornet.

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    • #420321

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love this shot. Cool perspective.

      • #420358

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks. Those hornets are nasty looking little buggers.

  • #420296

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Bee on Michaelmas daisy, not sure what sort….

    bee on michaelmas

    • #420322

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This looks a bit like our squash bees, with the crossed wings. Great catch Diane!

    • #420360

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I think we have something similar. They’re really, really, really small. Haven’t got a decent shot of one yet.

  • #420297

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Bee mimic, I had to look it up, it’s a Great Pied Hoverfly…

    Great Pied Hoverfly

    • #420363

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      AKA the Soupy Sales fly. Dating myself.Β  πŸ™‚

  • #420298

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Not a bee, but a hoverfly (I think) …

    hoverfly on mint

    • #420323

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Before shooting macro, I would have taken for granted that these were also bees. You sure start to notice the little differences. I see a lot of mimics in our garden too. Nice shots. Are they on some kind of salvia?

      • #420365

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        We’ve grown a lot of flowers over the years but this year was our first garden planted specifically for pollinators. Have really enjoyed seeing all of the different species that stopped by during the summer. Was well worth the effort.

  • #420324

    LeanneC
    Participant

    I found my shots of a sweat bee. They seem to like pink flowers…maybe they know how great they look on them!

    Pretty Pollinator

    Pretty in Pink

     

    • #420366

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      The colors do go well together don’t they?Β  πŸ™‚Β  And yours has a green body as well. Very cool.

  • #420325

    LeanneC
    Participant

    And here is one more from the summer. The honeybees seemed to get stuck in the tassels when collecting pollen from the corn. They would dangle for a bit before moving on to the next one.

    Dangling

    • #420367

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Love both your raining pollen pics. This bee brings a bit of comedy to the image.

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    • #422480

      Preston
      Participant

      I love the timing and patience it must have taken to get this Leanne.

  • #420893

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    We’ve had a pretty good frost the last two mornings. Bee season coming to an end.

    • #421205

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Gorgeous shot, Dave! One of my favourite subjects on a favourite fall flower! I love the shadow of the wing on the flower petal. We have had a couple of light frosts but we still have some fairly active bees despite the cooler weather. Soon it will all end. But we will have our photos to enjoy through the cold, winter months.

  • #421038

    Frank
    Participant

    Wow, what a wonderful thread of photos,Β  includingΒ  great color of the flowers.

  • #421400

    You would not believe how many really terrible shots of bees I have taken over the last few weeks so I can add something to this thread. πŸ™

    • #421496

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Don’t give up, Rob! You are the northern hemisphere’s hope to keep this thread going for us for the next several months πŸ˜‰

      Seriously, many of my shots are duds with insects. I sometimes shoot in burst mode and will get several shots and one will be alright. Another strategy is to watch which flowers that they hang around on longer. You will catch them yet!

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  • #421700

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Bee on a Jasmine Flower.

    • #421805

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Interesting angle. I can feel the warmth of the sun.

    • #422448

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I like the angle too. Also like the color combo. Kind of relaxing.

  • #422301

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Probably my last of the season (with the exception of pruning through some of my pics from the past summer):

    Holding On

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    • #422449

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Lovely colors and composition. Bee season here has pretty much ended. Although a few Yellow Jackets showed up while we were making apple cider yesterday. πŸ™‚

  • #422450

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Hard for me to quit cold turkey so here’s one from last year re-edited for a fresh look.

    Edit. I just noticed this one looks kind of familiar. πŸ™‚

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    • #422465

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I hear you, Dave. I feel like it gets harder to let go of the seasons as I get older…well, except for winter…it is easy to let winter go!

      This is a great image – perfect DOF – love the thistle bokeh in the background.

  • #422479

    Preston
    Participant

    Bee on Goldenrod

    The cooler weather is slowing the pollinators down so it’s easier to get a picture before they buzz away.

    • #422482

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Nice shot Preston! I love how it is perched on the end of the flowers. I imagine them springing up when the bee flies away. They do get quite sluggish as it cools. I think ours are all resting for the winter now. Thanks for sharing your image.

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