Bumble Bee on Goldenrod by main1
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September 2008
East greenbush, N.Y.

Conservation Information
A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae; there are over 250 known species primarily occurring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula; a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.(wiki)
Olympus E510

Comments

  • Maximus
    Maximusabout 6 years ago

    I hope you are B having yourself girl.. LOL :)

  • Of course Maximus!! I always B have!! ; ))))

    – main1

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittabout 6 years ago

    Oh, my goodnes….you just keep topping yourself!!! He’s absolutely wonderful!

  • Thank you so much Ginger!!! : ))

    – main1

  • Linda Sannuti
    Linda Sannutiabout 6 years ago

    OMG! super macro! Thats the most detail close up I’ve ever seen of a bee! Excellent!

  • Hi Linda : ) Thank you so very much : ))

    – main1

  • greenpeg
    greenpegabout 6 years ago

    fantastic macro………well done

  • Thank you very much : )))

    – main1

  • jansnow
    jansnowabout 6 years ago

    Excellent image in macro Marleia!

  • Hi Jan : ) Thank you so much!!

    – main1

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 6 years ago

    Wow!! Great capture. Excellent macro. Love the composition and the color. So detailed. Good job my friend!

  • Hi Carol : )) Thank you so very much!! : ))

    – main1

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 6 years ago

    Very nicely taken macro!!!

  • Thank you very much Sandy : ))

    – main1

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70about 6 years ago

    Marleia, I’m fascinated by your macros!!!!! Such a beautiful capture, well done!!!!!!

  • Hello : )) Thank you so much for the comment : ))

    – main1

  • Mark Jones
    Mark Jonesabout 6 years ago

    I am envious. I have tons of bees in my garden. I have a Canon EOS5D, and a Sigma 50mm Macro Lens that nearly lets me touch them to shoot, and I can’t get what you do.
    :( :( :(
    You do so well, I am please for you. Sad for me, pleased for you.

  • Hi Mark : )) What a complement!! Thank you so much : )) I try to capture character .. something cute or sweet .. Not sure if I am actually doing that but Thank you again so much for the lovely comment!! : ))))

    – main1

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 6 years ago

    Simply amazing macro! Brilliant work, Marleia!!

  • Wow .. Thank you very Daniel : )))

    – main1

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