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#161 Offline Voidley - Posted October 10 2023 - 10:02 AM

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While I still love photographing my ants, I can't deny that bees are far more photogenic. They're larger, more colorful, sit still longer, and always have flowers in the background. I took a really great photo of a honey bee a couple days ago, and I figured I might as well share some other favorites of mine from over the years. The bees shown in these photos are (I think) Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens, Bombus griseocollis, and Xylocopa virginica. They seem to really like milkweed!

 

 

 

The photo I took the other day

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Same bee on a different flower

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Cute little Bombus (griseocollis?)

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Apis mellifera coming to hang out with a Xylocopa virginica

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An unfortunate male Apis mellifera who I'm assuming was kicked out of the nest for winter

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Bombus impatiens having a snack

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And I really like this Apis mellifera photo

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#162 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 10 2023 - 12:28 PM

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The photos didn’t work for me.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#163 Offline Voidley - Posted October 10 2023 - 2:57 PM

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The photos didn’t work for me.

 

Sorry about that, I think it should work now. It seemed to only be working on my browser and not on mobile. I'm not sure what's going on with that but I edited it and now it works on both so I'm gonna take that as a success.

 

Also, is it better to upload the files or to put the photo in a google doc and copy it over? The google doc method seems to prevent the images from rotating randomly so I did that for one of them and uploaded the others.



#164 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 10 2023 - 3:26 PM

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Try this site: https://postimages.org/
Choose hotlink for forums.
The first two flowers are Asters, and the Bombus does look like griseocolis. Nice shots!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#165 Offline 100lols - Posted October 12 2023 - 10:30 PM

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There was a bee on my broom! Figured, why not, I’ll share with my bee loving fellow forum members.

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#166 Offline gcsnelling - Posted October 30 2023 - 5:22 PM

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#167 Offline Voidley - Posted December 2 2023 - 11:47 PM

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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 :lol:. 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

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Apis mellifera drinking from another aster

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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.

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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 :/

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Anyways, here’s an Apis mellifera climbing on some asters

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Another Apis mellifera on an aster. This one really amazed me with her black and yellow stripes.

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Apis mellifera on an aster

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Cute Apis mellifera on yet another aster

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Bombus impatiens drinking from an aster

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Back to Apis mellifera and asters.

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Here’s an Apis mellifera cradled by a calliopsis flower

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An all-black Apis mellifera drinking from an aster—I never knew they could have such a variety of colors

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Apis mellifera in flight! I want to try getting some better in-flight photos, but this is the best I’ve got for now.

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Apis mellifera landing on an aster

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Apis mellifera perched atop some—you guessed it—asters.

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Not a bee, but trying to look like one! This is a bee-mimicking hoverfly.

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#168 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 3 2023 - 2:27 AM

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That is definitely a queen. It probably is impatiens, but the super dense yellow on the thorax kind of looks like bimaculatus. Those queens usually show up a lot earlier though. Queens don’t move around with much urgency until they’re mated. Maybe she was just cold?

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#169 Offline 100lols - Posted December 4 2023 - 8:55 AM

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Awesome pictures!!! Inspiring me to get on the bee photography grind. I’ll be back…
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#170 Offline ZATrippit - Posted December 25 2023 - 5:07 PM

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Here's a Bombus queen, either B. terrestrus, B. ruderatus, B. hortorum or B. subterraneanus. They are the 4 bumblebee species in NZ and are all practically identical... sucks that they're invasive too since they're so beautiful and cute. I found this queen right in front of me on the sidewalk this morning. She was mating with a drone who meagerly left after... finishing the job.
I'm a bit surprised to see them still mating, as bumblebees supposedly mate in early spring, yet now it's mid summer. Perhaps that's just the european species.
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I believe this a European Wool Carder bee, a recent introduction and pest. Found them on some Lamb's ear in Akaroa. I think this was a male, as it was noticeably bigger and the markings differ from the other bees, but i could be wrong so feel free to correct me. There were dozens buzzing around the plants.

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Here's another pic.
I initially thought they were hoverflies, but when I took these photos I realized I was wrong.

P.S. ANTdrew, I plan to get a macro lens soon :)
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#171 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 26 2023 - 1:28 PM

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That’s definitely a wool carder bee. They are invasive in my area as well.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#172 Offline UinorJohnes - Posted March 10 2024 - 10:52 PM

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Bees are truly captivating creatures, aren't they? I once had a similar fascination with ants, partly because of their bite-free interactions. Creating a thread for bee photos sounds like a fantastic idea! By the way, have you seen the tips on https://www.mklibrar...eep-bees-away/?They might come in handy, especially if you're getting up close and personal with bees.


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#173 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2024 - 1:54 AM

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A Melissodes bee on my Carolina jessamine.
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#174 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2024 - 1:55 AM

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Anthophora bee on Carolina jessamine:

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#175 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2024 - 2:00 AM

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A pleasantly fat Bombus bimaculatus queen searching for a new nest site.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#176 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 28 2024 - 11:56 AM

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Osmia bee. Not sure of the species.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#177 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 6 2024 - 9:59 AM

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Ptilothrix bombiformis on a mallow blossom.

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#178 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 7 2024 - 4:31 PM

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Melitoma bee exiting a morning glory flower.

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#179 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2024 - 11:20 AM

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A photo of the elusive Bombus fervidus.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#180 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2024 - 11:10 AM

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Melissodes bimaculata:
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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