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Photo taken at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, USA. Bee Hunters are a large insect who’s diet consists of eating bees. The bee here it has caught is a carpenter bee and should give some scale on how large the Bee Hunter which is about 2 1/2 inches in length. The Carpenter Bee is about the size of the Bee Hunters head section. Before my first sighting of one, a dear photographer friend of mine first described them as the “motorcycle police of bees”. Sort of a bee on steroids. By that description, I knew what it was the moment I saw it.

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikon 55 – 300mm
ISO: 400

1. THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT – December 22, 2011.
2. THE GROUP – May 28, 2012.

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Thank you for viewing my work. All comments and favorites are appreciated. Because of time, I am unable to respond to comments, but will visit your galleries in return.

*Blessings, Kathy :)

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  • imagetj
    imagetjabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic, the bee didn’t have a chance.

  • Thanks so much Mr. Tee….no the bee didn’t stand a chance. I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment dear. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongabout 3 years ago

    Wow…Wonderful capture Kathy and I don’t know that I have ever seen one!

  • Thanks so much Sam for the great comment. Well appreciated. Believe me….if you saw one of these, you would know it and not mistake it for just another bee. They are awesome. So glad you enjoyed the photo my friend. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 3 years ago

    What a photo! Wow, how graphic and I don’t think I would want to get too close to either one of these… must be something to witness and I like the motorcycle police of bees description…are there a lot of bee eaters and are they successful in rounding up and catching the bees or are they totally outnumbered by the bees? Very interesting stuff, Kathy.

  • Thank you so much Kat for the great comment. Glad you enjoyed the photo and I appreciate the comment very much. Yes, there are quite a lot of bee eaters here, but many other bees to keep them well fed. The Carpenter Bees will loose out everytime. The Bee Eater catches them in mid flight. Thanks again.

    – Kathy Baccari

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  • Thank you POPs for featuring my work in the group. I appreciate it so much. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Dale Lockwood
    Dale Lockwoodabout 3 years ago

    Wow! Great capture and I did not even know this character existed! Very cool.

  • Thanks so much Dale for the great comment Dale. It’s always appreciated. I had no idea they existed until this past summer when a photographer friend of mine who loves to photograph insects told me about them. About a week later I saw my first one. It’s amazing. Thanks again. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this fascinating capture !

  • Thanks so much Trish for the great comment and for taking the time to congratulate me on the feature. I appreciate it so much. Fascinating is a perfect way to explain it. So glad you enjoyed it. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent Images Kathy!!!

  • Thank you so much Deb for your wonderful comment and for the fave too. I appreciate it so much. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much for accepting Ray. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

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  • Thank you so much Deborah for this wonderful compliment and honor. It is deeply appreciated. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

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    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thanks a bunch for accepting Rene. I really appreciate it. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

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