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
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    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
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    • #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…

       

  • #416858

    Dave Watkins
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    • #416873

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

  • #416860

    Dave Watkins
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  • #416863

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

    • This reply was modified 4 days, 15 hours ago by  Dave Watkins.
    • #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.

  • #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.

    • #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?

  • #416929

    Dave Watkins
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    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.

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    • #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.

  • #416979

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

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