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carpenter bee

carpenter bee
Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 13:00
Viewed: 8371
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: carpenter bee
Lat: Xylocopa violacea
Fr: abeille charpentière ou Xylocope

Readily identified by its color, this handsome solitary bee flies in summer and autumn and again in spring, after hibernation. It is about 25 mm (approx. 1 in) long, glossy black all over, with sparse black hairs. The opaque wings are dark brown with a lilac-coloured sheen. Despite its fast flight and fearsome appearance, it is not aggressive and rarely stings.
Carpenter bees usually attack fairly solid wood (e.g. dead unrotted trees and tree-stumps, felled timber, fence posts, etc.). They sometimes tunnel into the timbers and beams of houses, barns and other buildings, and may cause considerable structural damage if left unchecked. Each bee excavates a large nest-tunnel, often over 30 cm (12 in) long, divided off into a number of separate cells by partitions of chewed wood chips. Each cell is stocked with a mass of nectar and pollen on which the female lays an egg. Like other solitary bees, when nesting is finished the female bee leaves her eggs and grubs to develop on their own, through to the next generation of adults.

Early morning. The bee was cold, sleepy and easy to get close to.

Only resized for TN and then a slight sharpening.

Thanks for looking.


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  • Great 
  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2007-06-07 13:22]

Very curious bee. Black, it contrasts from flower nicely

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-07 13:30]

Bonjour Jean-Marie,
Elles sont impressionnantes ces Abeilles charpentières. Vous avez réalisé un superbe gros-plan, j'aime bien les détails de l'oeil et des poils. J'en avais capté une qui est exposée sur mon site.
Compliments et content de vous revoir ici.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-07 16:28]

selam jean; excellent close up shot of this insect,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-07 18:58]

Hi Jean Marie

A wonderful - and unusual shot. You have dealt with a very trick exposure problem really well - the image is sharp and detailed.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-07 23:26]

great macro good focus nice colors good details in the black

Hola JeanMarie,
Excelente macro donde nos muestras los detalles de este insecto la nitidez y fondo conseguidos son magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

very fine picture's you've made i'm beginning to think you're a professional?

Bonjour Jean- Marie
Ce gros plan est absolument superbe ! J'aime beaucoup la position de l'abeille sur la fleur, et la qualité du focus sur l'oeil. Le contraste entre le jaune eyt le noir est très agréable également.

  • Great 
  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2009-02-02 9:08]

What a great photo, great macro and focus,
Colours are so rich and this bee looks so beautiful to me. I also like POV.


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