- August 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm #416841
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)
In the Pumpkin Flower (I learned that the squash bee, seen here, is a specialized bee that mostly visits cucurbits – squash, pumpkins, gourds, etc.)
- August 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm #416847DorothyParticipant
LeanneC – great shots, cool idea for throwdown, now if i wasn’t afraid of bees… 🙂 actually i end up getting all kinds of bees and wasps just because i catch them in the flowers i like.
- August 14, 2019 at 3:16 am #416871
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)!
- August 13, 2019 at 11:39 pm #416849
- August 14, 2019 at 1:57 am #416865
Color, light and DOF working wonders here Graham..
- August 14, 2019 at 3:18 am #416872
Dreamy, softness of the flowers, thanks to a nice shallow DOF. But the bee is nice and sharp. Great image, Graham. Thanks for sharing!
- August 15, 2019 at 6:04 am #416923
Beautiful one! I agree with Leanne, this looks really dreamy due to softness and pastel colors.
- August 16, 2019 at 6:42 am #416963PatrickParticipant
Lovely photo graham
- August 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm #416978
Your shot is awesome Graham…
- September 21, 2019 at 8:05 pm #420017Pat GarrettParticipant
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!
- August 14, 2019 at 1:49 am #416858
- August 14, 2019 at 3:19 am #416873
I thought you might like this throwdown, Dave! Love coneflowers and that is a great capture of the bee visiting.
- August 14, 2019 at 1:52 am #416860
- August 14, 2019 at 1:54 am #416863
Beautiful shots Leanne. Don’t know why this reply ended up down here.
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- August 14, 2019 at 3:21 am #416875
Thanks Dave. I think the comment ended up there because I started the thread? Love both of your images as well. Thanks for sharing!
- August 14, 2019 at 3:11 am #416869
- August 14, 2019 at 3:24 am #416877
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.
- August 16, 2019 at 3:50 am #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.
- August 19, 2019 at 10:53 pm #417241
Oh, that is so interesting, David. I would love to see some pics of the others as we don’t get them here.
- August 14, 2019 at 3:13 am #416870
- August 14, 2019 at 3:26 am #416878
Beautiful! It is always cool to capture a bee flying – and not easy!
- August 14, 2019 at 6:20 am #416883
This flower looks totally bewitching!
- August 16, 2019 at 3:52 am #416958
Thank you. They are most unusual.
- August 14, 2019 at 10:48 am #416891
- August 16, 2019 at 6:41 am #416962PatrickParticipant
Class shot mate.
- August 21, 2019 at 12:15 am #417347
- August 17, 2019 at 12:26 am #417004
That is a creepy looking critter Robert! Is it dead?
- October 9, 2019 at 6:57 am #421402
That’s an amazing shot, for some reason this wasp looks like some sort of magician here!
- August 15, 2019 at 11:33 am #416929
I’ll blame Robert for opening the door. 🙂
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.
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- August 17, 2019 at 12:27 am #417005
Wow! Very interesting.
- August 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm #416947
- August 17, 2019 at 12:27 am #417006
- August 16, 2019 at 11:36 am #416971
Leafcutter bee on a Coreopsis. They carry pollen on their abdomen instead of their legs like honey bees do.
- August 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm #416988
Great detail Dave!
- August 16, 2019 at 11:47 pm #417001
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.
- August 17, 2019 at 12:29 am #417007
That is really interesting Dave. Looks like it has a fair bit of pollen.
- August 20, 2019 at 1:04 am #417270
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.
- August 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm #416979
- August 16, 2019 at 3:28 pm #416980
… and the B&W of above.
- August 16, 2019 at 3:51 pm #416986
- August 20, 2019 at 11:38 am #417305
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.
- August 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm #417321
- August 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm #417339
- August 21, 2019 at 2:47 am #417358
Lovely light in this one, Graham.
- August 21, 2019 at 8:05 am #417404
- August 23, 2019 at 9:18 pm #417585
Pretty flower and bee! Is that the bee’s “tongue” sticking out?
- August 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm #417457
Leafcutter bee on Sedum.
- August 23, 2019 at 9:17 pm #417584
So pretty. Love the different designs on the abdomen.
- August 21, 2019 at 11:54 pm #417473
Can I just say that I am flabbergasted at how many different types of bees there are out there. Who knew?
- August 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm #417528
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!
- August 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm #417583
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!
- August 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm #417511
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.
- August 22, 2019 at 3:52 pm #417527
Cool shot Dave, I think that Green Bottles make good photos as their colouring is so metallic and bright!
- August 23, 2019 at 12:52 am #417542
Thanks Diane. The metallic color makes them look a bit futuristic I think.
- August 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm #417581
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!
- August 23, 2019 at 12:55 am #417543
A bottle fly patiently waits.
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- August 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm #417582
Wow! Are they on geraniums, Dave? I didn’t realize they had so much pollen to “offer” That is a great double bee shot.
- August 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm #417643
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.
- August 25, 2019 at 2:43 am #417663
Cool! And thanks for the flower ID. I have a hard time telling those ones apart.
- August 25, 2019 at 2:48 am #417664
- August 25, 2019 at 2:25 pm #417702
Beautiful shot. The colors work really nice together. She sure is carrying a load. 🙂
- August 27, 2019 at 11:59 am #417996
Bumble bee on Narrowleaf Milkweed.
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- August 29, 2019 at 10:08 pm #418163
- September 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm #418597
Leafcutter bee on Joe Pye weed. Another flower pollinators love.
- September 4, 2019 at 2:39 am #418651
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!
- September 4, 2019 at 9:52 am #418668
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. 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. 🙂
- September 20, 2019 at 10:10 pm #419955
Bee on Basil.
I THINK this a bee “bee”cause of the hair. But not sure. I searched but could not identify it.
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- September 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm #420001
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.
- September 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm #420158
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.
- September 21, 2019 at 3:27 pm #420002
- September 23, 2019 at 8:49 pm #420176
Sweat Bee on Purple Cone Flower.
- September 25, 2019 at 3:52 pm #420299
I’ve never seen one of these, the green is very bright, cool shot Dave!
- September 26, 2019 at 9:55 am #420356
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.
- September 26, 2019 at 1:45 am #420320
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.
- September 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm #420229
Honey bee keeping her distance from a bald-faced hornet.
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- September 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm #420296
- September 25, 2019 at 3:50 pm #420297
- September 26, 2019 at 10:05 am #420363
AKA the Soupy Sales fly. Dating myself. 🙂
- September 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm #420298
- September 26, 2019 at 1:49 am #420323
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?
- September 26, 2019 at 10:12 am #420365
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.
- September 26, 2019 at 1:51 am #420324
- September 26, 2019 at 10:14 am #420366
The colors do go well together don’t they? 🙂 And yours has a green body as well. Very cool.
- September 26, 2019 at 1:52 am #420325
- October 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm #420893
We’ve had a pretty good frost the last two mornings. Bee season coming to an end.
- October 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm #421205
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.
- October 4, 2019 at 8:06 pm #421038FrankParticipant
Wow, what a wonderful thread of photos, including great color of the flowers.
- October 9, 2019 at 5:36 am #421400Rob Wood (Admin)Keymaster
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. 🙁
- October 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm #421496
Don’t give up, Rob! You are the northern hemisphere’s hope to keep this thread going for us for the next several months 😉
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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- October 13, 2019 at 9:17 am #421700
Bee on a Jasmine Flower.
- October 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm #422301
Probably my last of the season (with the exception of pruning through some of my pics from the past summer):
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- October 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm #422449
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. 🙂
- October 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm #422450
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. 🙂
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- October 20, 2019 at 7:45 pm #422465
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.
- October 20, 2019 at 8:40 pm #422479
Bee on Goldenrod
The cooler weather is slowing the pollinators down so it’s easier to get a picture before they buzz away.
- October 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm #422482
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.
- October 21, 2019 at 8:44 pm #422768
It sure was rocking and rolling in the slightest breeze. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it fly and make the sprig spring. Thanks for posting the throwdown!
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