Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens) gathers some orangey-brown pollen from the Wild Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) in June. She will take it back to the hive, pack it firmly into comb cells and mixed it with a small amount of honey so that it won’t spoil.

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© Jean Gregory Evans
Photo taken in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin.
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 1/160s 80mm f/2.8 ISO-160
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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...about 3 years ago

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  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    I’m tired so when I first glanced at your description, what I saw what Easter Bunny! LOL Incredible close-up!!! Beautiful. I wish you were here to enjoy some coffee together out on the deck as my bees enjoy the rhodies just beginning to bloom. Maybe one day, huh?

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous close up! Nice write as well!

  • WesternArt
    WesternArtabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Jean.

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 3 years ago

    Very wonderful capture!

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!!!! :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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