Drone Fly by kernuak

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Seeing a Honey Bee collecting nectar is becoming a rare commodity, but this drone fly is a good mimic (it had me fooled for a while). Pollen grains are easily visible covering the fly.


fly, macro, insect, pollen, hover, nectar, pollenation, drone

Microbiologist and photographer living in Somerset in the southwest of England. I specialise in nature photography, from wildlife to landscape. I also self-published my first book in 2011.

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  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyalmost 6 years ago

    teriffic macro Richard, dof is very good!

  • Thanks John, I’m still learning with macros (well more so than any other subject).

    – kernuak

  • NancyC
    NancyCalmost 6 years ago

    Great macro, fantastic color. :)

  • Thanks Nancy.

    – kernuak

  • Thanks Beatrice. Macro can be a challenge, because you lose alot of light and have a very narrow depth of field to work with. The key though is the use of a 1:1 macro lens, as they have much more definition than a zoom lens with macro capabilities, so you can see the detail much better. I was lucky that this bee stayed still long enough to get a few shots, unlike the ones in my garden a couple of weeks ago. I still had to crop though so that it wouldn’t be lost.

    – kernuak

  • mmills3080
    mmills3080almost 6 years ago

    great bee macro!

  • Thanks for your comment.

    – kernuak

  • Jacqueline  Murphy
    Jacqueline Mu...almost 6 years ago

    Great macro, dof and colors.

  • Thanks FP.

    – kernuak

  • Ideal
    Idealalmost 6 years ago

    How stunning ! I have tried using macro but cannot get this effect ! It must take ages… I love the colours and the light too

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