Bee 042 – Tiny One on a Sunflower

I want to call this one a Sweat Bee, but I don’t think it is. I was told that there are some sunflower-specific natives here – and that they have hairy legs. Need to get better at identification. But it’s a neat shot. And this particular bee gets so so so pollen-laden everywhere. So hard to shoot, but when the focus is right, it’s amazing. About the size of a grain of rice.

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Honeybee on a Sunflower Stalk

I wanted to post another Nanking Cherry today because that’s what’s blooming now and where the bees are. But here’s a neat close-up of one on a sunflower stalk (from last summer). If I remember correctly, it’s been rotated 90 degrees to the right. It’s about the bees, right?

If you look at the stalk, you can see exactly how shallow the depth of focus is. Really one of the challenges of shooting bees. But lots of interesting parts of her fall in this slice of focus.

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Maybe a Sweat Bee Lost in a Sunflower

This is one of the tiny, tiny ones. Not the smallest I’ve shot, but really tiny. You can see two of the three ocelli on the top of her head pretty clearly…and how filthy she’s gotten in the sunflower.

These are pretty quick – hard to shoot. And I seldom get a very clear shot. I’m pretty happy with this one, though. Cannot get over the complexity. And she’s showing us a bit of beeneck, too. That delights me.

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FIFTIETH Bee-of-the-Day Post!! Messy Bumble on a Sunflower

Bumble in Profile on a Sunflower

Something seems wonky with the colors on this one. But I swear I saw yellow and blue through the lens. Maybe I applied the DisneySuperTechnicolor Filter or something??? Perspective is a little weird, too. Oh, well. Love it or don’t.

By the way, this is the fiftieth consecutive day of “bee of the day”. Ambitious project for sure. But I’m sure enjoying it. Hope you are, too.

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