My Rose, Your Weed - Bee on Thistle - NZ by AndreaEL
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The pastures are covered in Thistle, the bees and the birds are in heaven. I have watched the little Redpoll feed on the Thistle seeds while the bees gather nectar from the flowers.
In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. For this reason the thistle is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland.
A well known apocryphal myth has it that a bare foot Viking attacker stepped on one at night and cried out, so alerting the defenders of a Scottish castle
Bees use a bee dance to communicate and tell other bees where the flowers are. Here’s how it works. It’s a pattern they trace in a figure-eight shape, while wiggling periodically and flapping their wings. What tells the story is the speed of the bee, the direction the bee points, and the sounds the bee makes with its wings. Here’s how it works: Let’s say a bee finds a flowering bush about fifty yards from the hive. After landing on a flower, she will bring some of the scent home on her legs.
Inside the hive, she positions herself on the wall of the hive. Using “up” to stand for the position of the sun, she points her body in the direction of the bush. This shows her sisters where the bush can be found. The bush is only fifty yards away—, pretty close for a bee, —which means she must then wiggle frenetically in her figure eight to indicate that it is close. The other bees use these directional/distance indicators to find the dancing bee’s bush. If they find it’s worth dancing about too, they’ll collect from it and come back and perform the same choreography.
http://www.pestworldforkids.org/bees.html
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 March 2011

Featured 20th March 2011

My Rose, Your Weed

Thistles

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    I bet you could comb that bees hair Andrea, fantastic detail, awesome colors and capture! Excellent macro!

  • Now there is a thought Swaby, combing the bees hairs. Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanalmost 4 years ago

    I love bee’s, not when they bite me, but when they pose cutely on flowers. This is so sweet… :)

  • Thank you Nessa for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 4 years ago

    Awesome macro ! Fantastic details :))

  • Thank you Renee for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful closeup. Again, such great clarity!

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful macro

  • Thank you Lynn for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Torrence King
    Torrence Kingalmost 4 years ago

    Very wonderful indeed!

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    Very well done.

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • shotomanrob
    shotomanrobalmost 4 years ago

    How much do you pay the Bee to stay there? as they always move when i try photographing them?? But seriously, beautiful capture and stunning clarity.. fantastic :)

  • Now that would be giving away my secret Rob. Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 4 years ago

    marvelous!!!!!

  • Thank you Linda for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Andrea and astonishing info on the bee dance, cool! :O)

  • Glad you enjoyed the info Vanessa. Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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