- These bees are the only ones remaining after the queen bee & a swarm of approx. 20,000 bees left the lilac branch for another location. The bits of white on the branch and leaves are beeswax deposited when the swarm had begun to build a hive
- A colony of honey bees has 50-60,000 bees.
- A single bee colony can produce 100 pounds of extra honey.
- Crops rely on bee pollination, particularly: apple, buckwheat, cucumber, mango, raspberry, blueberry, canola, cantaloupe, pumpkin, watermelon, kiwi

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- Garden Tripod eMagazine, 7th edition, Jan. 2013
- Featured Women Photographers
- Sticks, Stones & Living Things
- Bees & Wasps
- Top Ten, Bees & Wasps challenge
- Top Ten, Bugs/Animals on Flowers/Foliage In Macro challenge


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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 2 years ago

    Great catch Laurie excellent clarity and detail.

  • Thanks very much, Steven!! :))

    – Laurie Minor

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 2 years ago

    Amazing work!!!

  • Thanks Paul! :))

    – Laurie Minor

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you, Sylvia!

    – Laurie Minor

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic Laurie, so crisp and clear,,,beautiful detail!!

  • Many thanks, Dorothy!! :)

    – Laurie Minor

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    CRoseabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved feature! Your Host: CRose 06-08-12

  • Thanks a million!! :))))))))))

    – Laurie Minor

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 2 years ago

    A fantastic capture and I can only hope that you took this with a Tele lens!!!! Bill

  • Many thanks, Bill! Yes, a 200 mm at f 5.6 mainly for DOF – these bees were actually quite docile thank goodness! :)

    – Laurie Minor

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 2 years ago

    Wow! Great capture Laurie. Such beautiful detail.

  • Thanks ever so much, Ginny! :)

    – Laurie Minor

  • marens
    marensabout 2 years ago

    superbly captured Laurie!!!

  • Thank you marens! :))

    – Laurie Minor

  • MardiGCalero
    MardiGCaleroalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot Laurie.. !

  • Many thanks, Mardi! :)

    – Laurie Minor

  • Jena Ferguson
    Jena Fergusonalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Jena!! :))))))))

    – Laurie Minor

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