Throwdown: Beecause

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    • #416841
      LeanneC
      Participant

      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… ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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
        Patrick
        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.ย  Don’t know why this reply ended up down here.

      • #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!

    • #416869

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      DSC04609

      PA150286

       

      • #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 donโ€™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
        Patrick
        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 ,ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • #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.

      • #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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #417996
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Bumble bee on Narrowleaf Milkweed.

      • #418177
        LeanneC
        Participant

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

        • #418205
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

       

      • #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.ย  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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

      • #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.

      • #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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #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?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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.

      • #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,ย  includingย  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. ๐Ÿ™

      • #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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

        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!

        • This reply was modified 7mo, 3wk ago by LeanneC.
    • #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

      • This reply was modified 7mo, 2wk ago by LeanneC.
      • #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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • #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.

        • #422768
          Preston
          Participant

          It sure was rocking and rolling in the slightest breeze.ย  Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it fly and make the sprig spring.ย  Thanks for posting the throwdown!

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