- 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 #416847
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 #416963
Lovely photo graham
- August 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm #416978
Your shot is awesome Graham…
- 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.
- This reply was modified 4 days, 15 hours ago by Dave Watkins.
- 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 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 16, 2019 at 3:51 am #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.
- 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 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.
- This reply was modified 3 days, 5 hours ago by Dave Watkins.
- 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 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 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm #417000
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