More bee photos! Here are some that I've collected over the past couple of weeks. Currently, I'm enrolled in a photography class at school where we're learning how to use a camera. Each lesson introduces a new photography principle which we practice outdoors. Every time we’ve done this I've tested these principles on bee subjects—I hope my teacher isn’t getting annoyed with all the insects . Sadly though, most of the bees are gone until next spring, so I figured I'd post all here until I take more next season.
Apis mellifera on a panicled aster
Apis mellifera drinking from another aster
Bombus impatiens sitting on an Echinacea. This one was taken on an iPhone so it looks a little worse, but at least the wider depth of field captured some nice cityscape.
As a side note, is this a queen? I’m not too knowledgeable about how bumble bee colonies work so I don’t know if a queen would be out like this in November. I’ve got a couple more photos if someone would be kind enough to ID her. I was able to get some close-ups because she wasn’t moving around much, I think she might have been sick/injured
Anyways, here’s an Apis mellifera climbing on some asters
Another Apis mellifera on an aster. This one really amazed me with her black and yellow stripes.
Apis mellifera on an aster
Cute Apis mellifera on yet another aster
Bombus impatiens drinking from an aster
Back to Apis mellifera and asters.
Here’s an Apis mellifera cradled by a calliopsis flower
An all-black Apis mellifera drinking from an aster—I never knew they could have such a variety of colors
Apis mellifera in flight! I want to try getting some better in-flight photos, but this is the best I’ve got for now.
Apis mellifera landing on an aster
Apis mellifera perched atop some—you guessed it—asters.
Not a bee, but trying to look like one! This is a bee-mimicking hoverfly.