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Bee and Pollens

Bee and Pollens
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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: 2006-08-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee+Fly on flower [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 1:41
Viewed: 3158
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bees are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees.

Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used for food for the brood.

Bees have a long proboscis that enables them to obtain the nectar from flowers. Bees have antennae almost universally made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females. They all have two pairs of wings, the back pair being the smaller of the two.

Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants. Bees may focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen, depending on their greater need at the time. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators.

Most bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, thus aiding in the adherence of pollen. Bees periodically stop foraging and groom themselves to pack the pollen into the scopa, which is on the legs in most bees, and on the ventral abdomen on others, and modified into specialized pollen baskets on the legs of honeybees and their relatives.

The pollen basket or corbicula is part of the tibia (a segment on a leg) on the hind legs of those four related lineages of apid bees that used to comprise the family Apidae; the honeybees, bumblebees, stingless bees, and orchid bees. A honeybee moistens the forelegs with a protruding tongue and brushes the pollen that has collected on head, body and forward appendages to the hind legs. First, the pollen is transferred to the pollen comb on the hind legs and then combed, pressed, compacted, and transferred to the outside surface of the tibia of the hind legs. There, the area of the tibia that - in most other bees - is the location of the scopa is a polished concavity surrounded by a fringe of hairs, into which the pollen is placed, and a single hair functions as a pin that secures the middle of the pollen load. Honey and or nectar is used to moisten the dry pollen. The mixing of the pollen with nectar or honey changes the color of the pollen. The color of the pollen can identify the pollen source.

Many bees are opportunistic foragers, and will gather pollen from a variety of plants, but many others are oligolectic, gathering pollen from only one or a few types of plant. A small number of plants produce nutritious floral oils, rather than pollen, which are gathered and used by oligolectic bees. Pollen and nectar are usually combined together to form a "provision mass", which is often soupy, but can be firm, and formed into various shapes (typically spheroid), and stored in a small chamber (a "cell"), with the egg deposited on the mass. The cell is typically sealed after the egg is laid, and the adult and larva never interact directly (a system called "mass provisioning").

From: Wikipedia

dew77, jmp, elefantino, scottevers7, SkyF, marhowie, jeanpaul, Alex99, eruyanik, wallhalla15, valy67, edal has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-23 2:37]

Hello Jitti,
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on.I liked vivid colors,contrast between yellow flower and bee,lighting,sharpness and POV a lot.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-23 3:08]

Hi Jitti,
Perfect low pov, good light, color, texture in flower and details in the bee. Composition is fine. There is noise in the background, too high ISO perhaps?
TFS, José M.

Hello Jitty, amazing details in this shot.
As usual a great informative note.


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-08-23 5:07]

Nice macro, Jitti!

Hi Jitti,
Superb macro! The vibrant colors and sharp detail look amazing. Nice frame filling composition shows alot of intricate detail!

Hello Jitti, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, great Job, TFS Kyle

Good macro Jitti.
Great sharp details of this unusual bee, probably one of your native types.
Well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-23 8:19]

Hi Jitti,
very nice composition, the low POV looks really nice. DOF, sharpness and exposure are great. Very well done.

Hello Jitti,
Nice color with clear details & a good POV.
Good DOF and an excellent note as well :)
Well done & TFS!

Salut Jetti
J'aime beaucoup cette composition avec cette abeille qui est après se gonfler de pollens après cette fleur.
Très beaux détails et belles couleurs et beau BG
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-23 10:24]

Hi Jitti.
Tremendous shot. Great details and sharpness, excellent POV and DOF. Reproduction of texture of petal is outstanding. Bravo.

Hello Jitti,
Superb sharpness on the bee! What a vivid looking. pov and framing are great.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-23 21:32]

Very sharp details on this wasp, Jitti.
And the colors are fantastic: very well saturated.
Great macro. TFS. : )

Hi Jitti !
This is a fantastic picture ! Details on he bee are excellent, and I love the vivid colors of the photo. Wonderful composition and POV too. This bee looks a lot like the European honey bees, even if you live at the other end of the world. :-) Very well done !

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-24 5:30]

Hi Jitti
Good close-up shot. Good details, sharpnes, colours, light and POV. Also good note.
Well done my friend


Hello Jitti,
this is a very fine macro shot. Excellent details and good tones of colours. A great capture, very well done.

Una toma macro muy nitida de esta abeja creo que no es la aphis mellifera mas conocida por su abdomen color dela patas y cabeza,la composicion es armoniosa y devalor documental!!!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-25 0:33]

Hello again, Jitty!
I've learned so much about these common but unknown creatures - the bees - from yous post. To add, that the detail of your photo is tremendous!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-25 6:32]

Bonjour jitti!

Bravo pour cette belle macro.les détails et les couleurs sont parfaits.


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