Collecting Pollen

This tiny, tiny bee was working very hard collecting pollen ... Robert @robv can you identify please?

It was only about 5mm in size and is collecting pollen from the tip of a stamen here.

This was handheld with a monopod for some support but due to the size & speed of the insect, it took about 50 frames to get some usable images!

The black OOF shape to the right of the insect is another one the same but even smaller!

And finally WOW I am blown away to the response to yesterday's dragonfly .... thank you!

PS ID'ed by Robert - Hylaeus is a large genus (~900 species) of mostly very small bees (5-6 mm long is common) in the family Colletidae. They are worldwide in distribution and especially diverse in temperate to subtropical Australia.
Wow. This is so clear & in focus. Wow.. Oh I allready said that.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Amazing focus - really cool!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Fav'd. Love it. Beautiful colours too.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Wow, super focus ! Fav !
posted March 19th, 2012  
This is terrific!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Fantastic focus! Brilliant!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Awesome focus!!
posted March 19th, 2012  
You are amazing at these shots, this is outstanding
posted March 19th, 2012  
Wow that's fantastic! Incredible focus and amazing colours - brilliant!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Fantastic depth of field and detail.
posted March 19th, 2012  
perfect focus and macro Zoe!
posted March 19th, 2012  
fabulous patience you have, he is very handsome and clearly busy with all that pollen
posted March 19th, 2012  
I have to say it again- awesome you are = faved again
posted March 19th, 2012  
Fabulous DOF and glorious colours. Fav xx
posted March 19th, 2012  
You continue to amaze and delight with your macro shots! Awesome!
posted March 19th, 2012  
nice shot, Zoe!!! We have some similar ones here, apparently Native Bees... so perhaps similar for you? That is a teeny one too, but you've done a great job!!!

How do you find the monopod for these things? I find my elbow really aches when I'm trying to do macros where I have to be standing and holding the camera up and then well, you know, holding my breath haha. I've been contemplating a monopod but just wasn't sure how it would go.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Nice shot, it looks like a Yellow-faced Bee(family Colletidae).
posted March 19th, 2012  
@robv Thank you so much, googled it and updated the intro!
posted March 19th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Cassandra, the monopod helps a lot but it still isn't perfect as the camera, macro lens and speedlite weigh a lot & I still struggle to keep it steady! My husband is bringing a Manfrotto monopod with stabiliser feet home from the US on Saturday so I am hoping that will make a huge difference & work like a tripod (which I am not allowed in the butterfly park)!
posted March 19th, 2012  
@zferrie Thanks Zoe... will have a look at them myself, I think.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Instant Fav! You continue to amaze me with your fantastic macro shots!!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Amazing acti ans clarity.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Amazing capture! Beautiful!
posted March 19th, 2012  
fab focus!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Brilliant shot
posted March 19th, 2012  
Gorgeous macro, love the perfect details and colors.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Awesome macro! Wonderful details.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Fantastic capture, Zoe.
posted March 19th, 2012  
I like the detail on the bee.
posted March 19th, 2012  
great macro capture
posted March 19th, 2012  
Wonderful detail!! Fantastic focus.
posted March 19th, 2012  
Gosh it really is tiny. Amazing focus & detail, you have captured it beautifully x
posted March 19th, 2012  
wow stunning shot!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Awesome shot!
posted March 19th, 2012  
Another mind blowing macro:)
posted March 19th, 2012  
Beautiful!
posted March 20th, 2012  
I am a big fan of bee pictures. Yours is awesome. I will be enjoying your work from now on.
posted March 20th, 2012  
Stunning detail and colors.
posted March 20th, 2012  
Oh this is incredible! What detail. Fabulous.
posted March 20th, 2012  
Absolutely love your macro insects they are wonderful especially the bee.
posted March 20th, 2012  
FABULOUS capture. You are an awesome bug-tographer.
posted March 21st, 2012  
Excellent capture!
posted March 21st, 2012  
Wow, I missed this one! That's gorgeous! The combination of colors alone is stunning.
posted March 22nd, 2012  
wow! what amazing focus here!!! perfect capture!
posted March 22nd, 2012  
Great focus. Love the colors.
posted March 23rd, 2012  
wow... so sharp and crispy ;)
posted March 24th, 2012  
Wow, stunning shot!
posted March 24th, 2012  
This is spectacular! I had already fav-ed it but don't htink I'd commented. I think 'cause I saw it when on my phone and hard to type on my phone...lovely!
posted March 25th, 2012  
Ira
Love the colours!!!
posted April 14th, 2012  
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