Bee of the Bumble Kind by lyndemc

Bee of the Bumble Kind

As I'm concerned about the future and fate of bees in our changing environment, it's always a joy to see one busily going about its foraging business.

Some interesting facts about bumblebees;

Their colonies are often fewer than 50 individuals.

Bumblebees use a combination of colour and spatial relationships to learn from which flowers to forage. They can also detect both the presence and the pattern of electric fields on flowers, which occur due to the positive static charges generated when bees fly through the air. They use this information to find out if a flower has been recently visited by another bee.

In at least a few species, once a bumblebee has visited a flower, it leaves a scent mark on it. This scent mark deters visitation of the flower by other bumblebees until the scent degrades. This scent mark is a general chemical bouquet that bumblebees leave behind in different locations (e.g. nest, neutral, and food sites), and they learn to use this bouquet to identify both rewarding and unrewarding flowers. (wikipedia/bumblebees)

While foraging, bumblebees can reach ground speeds of up to 15 metres per second (54 km/h). That would explain why out of the 80 pics I took, only a few had an entire, in-focus bee in the picture.
Love the softness but without losing the detail - if that makes sense. Colors and light are great. Glad he stayed occupied and still long enough to get his wonderful shot.
July 16th, 2014  
This is such a fantastic photo! The dof, the composition, the colours, the lighting.....etc. etc. Just love it Denise! The clarity is amazing too!
Fav fav fav.....etc.
July 16th, 2014  
Deb
This is fantastic Denise! That little flower looks to be just big enough for the bumblebee to hang onto. Very interesting about the scent mark, learned something new tonight. Before 365 I'd have run for my fly swatter but now, I find myself looking for them, they are fun to capture. I love all the green in this shot, you've made the bumblebee come right out of the frame.
July 16th, 2014  
I love your POV, Denise! You took this shot from bee's side. That give a great composition to this image.
July 16th, 2014  
What an awesome shot! I understand your concern about the bees, always so happy to see them! Fav!
July 16th, 2014  
Such a beautiful macro!
July 16th, 2014  
Interesting facts. Great photo. And I'm concerned, too.
July 16th, 2014  
Awesome macro - the details of the wings and "fur" are amazing. Enjoyed learning about bumblebees!
July 16th, 2014  
Gorgeous!!! Such a beautiful shot and I enjoyed the info too!!! Fav for sure!!!
July 16th, 2014  
Fabulous macro shot! Beautiful flower. Interesting information on the bumblebees.
July 16th, 2014  
Oh, man, fabulous detail! I love it! And what interesting information. I love the last paragraph, about the speed. I am going to say that that is EXACTLY why the bumble bee I was trying to photograph today did not turn up in ANY of my pictures! LOL! Wonderful capture, Denise!
July 16th, 2014  
Fav Denise! Gorgeous shot of him all loaded up with pollen. Beautiful little flower he has chosen too.
July 16th, 2014  
This made me giggle a little with the great shot of the bumble bee upside down. Nice catch both of you. FAV
July 16th, 2014  
Beautiful capture.
July 16th, 2014  
Great shot Denise. So that means I need to run at 55kmh to keep from being stung by one?
July 16th, 2014  
Fabulous capture soft but wonderful detail fav
July 16th, 2014  
Amazing capture. I was trying to catch one yesterday but she kept going to the back of the lavenders where I could not get, or to the top of the hollyhocks. I bet she was laughing all the way
July 16th, 2014  
Fabulous macro. Great detail but a lovely composition.
July 16th, 2014  
Great capture.
July 16th, 2014  
what a nice macro and I love your framing as well - very well done ;)
July 16th, 2014  
Lovely shot
July 16th, 2014  
Great capture, & I love all the information you provided too.
July 16th, 2014  
Another great capture. He looks so soft - like a teddy bear. I know he packs a sting though. :) Interesting information. Yes I do know they move fast, very fast! So again - great capture!
July 16th, 2014  
I'm a bee fan and this is a great shot too! Much better than some of my recent efforts. I've planted lots of new flowers this year to encourage them and stopped using weedkillers and the like, to give them a helping hand
July 16th, 2014  
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July 17th, 2014  
I believe it's also a fact that bumble bees, along with having a real thing for tuna in a can, identify those who take unapproved photos of them and return with their 50 friends to savagely attack them. Better move. That's an amazing capture!
July 17th, 2014  
@stray_shooter I'm bound to have nightmares about a bee attack now. I wonder if in my dream I'll have a camera in hand and capture the action.
July 18th, 2014  
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