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Bombus In A Sea Of Pollen! - Bumblebee On Sunflower - NZn by AndreaEL

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Bumble bees form colonies. These colonies are usually much less extensive than those of honey bees. This is due to a number of factors including the small physical size of the nest cavity, the responsibility of a single female for the initial construction and reproduction that happens within the nest, and the restriction of the colony to a single season (in most species). Often, mature bumble bee nests will hold fewer than 50 individuals. Bumble bee nests may be found within tunnels in the ground made by other animals, or in tussock grass. Bumble bees sometimes construct a wax canopy (“involucrum”) over the top of their nest for protection and insulation. Bumble bees do not often preserve their nests through the winter, though some tropical species live in their nests for several years (and their colonies can grow quite large, depending on the size of the nest cavity). In temperate species, the last generation of summer includes a number of queens who overwinter separately in protected spots. The queens can live up to one year, possibly longer in tropical species.
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Bombus In A Sea Of Pollen! – Bumblebee On Sunflower

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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

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Andrea!!

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    THIS is so totally fabulous!!!! I planted a row of huge sunflowers and I cannot wait until they bloom! Such excellent work:)))

  • seeya
    seeyaover 3 years ago

    He’s doing the bumblebee boogie, romping all over that pollen! Fabulous work! Sandy

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

    What a great macro Andrea, fave for me.

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Andrea!

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoover 3 years ago

    WOW Andrea! Great composition!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

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