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Hoverfly on Hydrangea#1

Hoverfly on Hydrangea#1
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee+Fly on flower [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 4:13
Viewed: 6129
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first picture after away for a month. I was in Tokyo for about 2 weeks and this is one of a few pictures that I brought back to share with all of you.

I was mistaken this flying insect as wasp then bee and settled as hoverfly.

Here are some appearance differences between wasps and bees.

People often mistakenly call all stinging insects "bees".

Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. Yellow-jackets, baldfaced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps encountered by people

Bees are robust-bodied and very hairy compared with wasps. Their hind legs are flattened for collecting and transporting pollen. Bees are important pollinators. Honey bees are responsible for more than 80% of the pollination required by most fruits, legumes, and vegetable seed plants as well as many ornamentals that are grown in our landscapes.


To protect their colonies, bees and wasps can both sting. But wasps are usually quicker to do so than bees. One reason for this may be that a honeybee dies after it stings you. But a yellow jacket does not. It can continue to sting you in several places. That's good for the wasp, but not for you.

A brief on Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a shrub with large, medium to dark green, luxuriant foliage with round ball shaped cluster of flowers. These shrubs are easy to grow and flowers well in areas with mild winters. A native of Japan and Korea, the shrub has many varieties and hybrids. One of the remarkable characteristics is that the same plant can produce both pink and blue flowers depending on the ph factor or the aluminum content of the soil-blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil. The blooms stay long as cut flowers.


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Hi Jitti, where've you been in this days, my friends?
Nice shot, with good light and excellent details on the Bee.


Good POV, DOF, Lighting, Colours and detail of the subject. TFS,

Hi Jitti, welcome back to TN. I hope you had a good holiday.
This is defintely NOT a bee but it is a type of wasp I think. Bees aren't yellow and black but wasps are. It looks nice and sharp on the Hydrangea though. TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-10 4:53]

Hi Jitti,
Beautiful bee and flower! Great sharpness, color and details. Color and texture of flowers are lovely. Very well exposed.
TFS, José M.

Very sharp macro of this Japanese bee on hydrangea, JC.
I love this flower. It grows in big clumps at a place called Shimla in India and has white, blue and pink blossoms.
Hope you had a great time in Tokyo.
Do share your pictures of the trip.

Hi Jitty ! I'm happy to see that you are back !
This is a very nice photo, I love the tender colors and textures of the flowers. Sharpness and details on the bee are excellent, beautiful composition, and nice POV. I'm really looking forward to seeingh more of your Tokyo shots !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-10 9:27]

Hello Jitti,
Nice to see a new post from you again.POV,colors,sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent.

Hello Jetti, excllent details, Bg, POV DOF Perfect colors, gtreat work, TFS Kyle

Hi JC,
Beautiful flower and insect macro!
Pleasant repetition effect, narrow DOF works well for the main subject...
Good clarity in colours, superb details!
Welcome back... Hope you had a great time!
Pablo -

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-11 18:45]

Hi Jitti
Good shot. great colours, sharpnes, and POV. Also good note.
Well done Jitti


Hello Jitti
The Hydrangea has a beautiful soft vivid colours. The wasp is a nice complement of colour being yellow. The detail and composition are great. Really nice Jitti. TFS Janice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-18 22:15]

Hi Jitti

Amazing clarity ,DOF and sharpness.The colour is very beautiful. A beautiful composition.TFS


Bonjour Jitti
C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli insecte,avec comme prime ce joli bouquet. Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et le BG et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-29 16:01]

Hi Jitty!
You are so precise here - both about the insect and about the plant. Your photos are always so clear!

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