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Welcome Honey Bees!

Welcome Honey Bees!
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-27 12:10
Viewed: 3245
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Today, we had a nice sunny day, with temperature of 12°C. A very welcome weather to go outside and see the first signs of spring, including the first flowers. I was not alone to visit the flowers… Many honey-bees had the same idea on this first mild day since mid-December.

Photo taken with a ring flash.

Flowers that are insect-pollinated are called entomophilous; literally "insect-loving".
The word is derived from the Greek εντομο [entomo-] "insect"; and φίλη [phily], "that which is loved".
Pollen is distributed by insects, particularly bees, Lepidoptera (e.g., butterflies and moths), flies and beetles. Entomophilous species frequently evolve mechanisms to make themselves more appealing to insects, e.g., brightly-colored or scented flowers, nectar, or appealing shapes and patterns. Pollen grains of entomophilous plants are generally larger than the fine pollens of anemophilous (wind-pollinated) plants. They usually are of more nutritional value to insects, which may use them for food and inadvertently spread them to other flowers.

European honey bee or Apis mellifera (Linnaeus, 1758), of the Apidae family are among the main pollinators of the flowers. That is why the reduction of honey bee populations in Europe and North America is a big threat to the biodiversity and even to agriculture.

Flower, Wikipedia
Entomophily, Wikipedia

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Hi Catherine
To us is winter...and you have spring!
Is not fair!
Congratulation for your chance !

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-27 12:23]

Hi Catherine . I think we have to wait till next week for some sunshine. You have made the most of yours today with this colourful close up. The bee is enjoying the small pink flowers which look like a Heather. .The Ring flash brought out the rich colours. well taken TFS.

Have a good Sunday.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-27 12:26]

Hello Catherine, superb close-up shot of this honey bee as a spring mesenger with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hi MCF Catherine,

I pleasured on behalf of you that you see the first spring signs :) at last! This is utterfly awesome macro capture from a nice vantage point with really warm colours and excellent clarity.
TFS this arkadaşım. İyi geceler.


Hi Catherine,
this arrangement is so wonderful, I love the tiny pink flower and the bee hanging on it, so beautiful and a hope for me, that spring will come soon.
We still have snow - but I've seen some snow-drops today, will present a shot of them tomorrow ;-)
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-27 14:48]

Salut Catherine,c'est la fete des abeilles aujourd'hui sur TN comme je peu voir,chaqun presente differentes compositions,mais tous magnfiques....comme la tienne,curieuse position,tres jolies fleurs et nettete' super! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano

bonjour Catherine
je vois qu' en Belgique le temps était pareille qu'en France, ensoleillé et qui sentait bon le printemps
magnifique photo de cette abeille butinant cette superbe fleur rose
toute l'image est d'une remarquable clarté et superbe lumière naturelle
Passe un bon dimanche

Hi Catherine
Details and colors are wonderful!
Congratulation for this great macro.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-28 0:56]

Hello Catherine,
Nice macro with superb colors and good detail gives us an excellent very of this bee gathering a load to go back to the hive.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-28 4:37]

Fine acrobatic act by the bee on these lovely pink flowers. tfs.

Ciao Catherine. Perfect POV to exalt DOFand superb details. Pleasant vivid natural colours in a interesting compo.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-28 8:43]

A lovely capture of this wonderful spring!
Details, colors and light are great!
The flower is amazing!

Hello Catherine,
The first singn of spring with lovely details, colours and excellent focus.
Nice image!

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