Totally Gorged! - Bee On Yellow Weed - NZ by AndreaEL

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I love the large pollen sack on his back legs, while the sun was bouncing off the pollen dust on the rest of his body.

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.

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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 2011
Honey begins with the pollen collector!!!
Featured 14th May 2011


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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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    thanks for the info , great shot Andrea x

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

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Very nice shot of this bee and flower. Interesting bee behavior; enjoyed reading it. A fave.

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment & fav, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a delightful capture. Beautifully done.

  • Thank you Bunny for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    The bee is really having his fill Andrea – wonderful capture ! We saw a programme on the Living channel the other day which stated that a bee produces about one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Amazing !

  • That is truly amazing Roy, they work so hard at collecting the pollen, and only for a teaspoon in their lifetime. It would take allot of bees to make one jar of honey then, I am going to appreciate every spoonful even more now. Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!!! Bravo!!!
    Cheers, Deb
    May 14, 2011

  • Thank you so much Deborah, it is always an honour to be featured and very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Greg, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!! :)

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

    – AndreaEL

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 3 years ago

    Another beautiful capture and the Bee is so cool She will have to rest soon or she will explode . CONGRATULATIONS on the Feature TOO <:)

  • Thank you Bingo for your lovely kind comment & congrats, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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