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Bumblebee and Lavender flowers

Bumblebee and Lavender flowers
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-21 0:43
Viewed: 2739
Points: 20
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Information on "Bumble bee" from Free Web Dictionary "WiKiPedia":

A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. There are over 250 known species, existing primarily in the Northern Hemisphere.

Bumblebees are social insects that are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black.[1] Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula; a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).

Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.


The blood or hemolymph, as in other arthropods, is carried in an open circulatory system. The body organs, "heart" (dorsal aorta), muscles, etc. are surrounded in a reservoir of blood. The dorsal aorta does pulse blood through its long tube, though, so there is a circulation of sorts.

In fertilised queens the ovaries are activated when the queen lays her egg. It passes along the oviduct to the vagina. In the vagina there is a container called the spermatheca. This is where the queen stores sperm from her mating. Before she lays the egg, she will decide whether to use sperm from the spermatheca to fertilise it or not. Non-fertilised eggs grow into males, and only fertilised eggs grow into females and queens.

As in all animals, hormones play a big role in the growth and development of the bumblebee. The hormones that stimulate the development of the ovaries are suppressed in the other female worker bees while the queen remains dominant. Salivary glands in the head secrete saliva which is mixed with the nectar and pollen. Saliva is also mixed into the nest materials to soften them. The fat body is a nutritional store; before hibernation, queens eat as much as they can to enlarge their fat body, and the fat in the cells is used up during hibernation.

Like all bee tongues, the bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is composed of many different mouthparts acting as a unit, specialised to suck up nectar via capillary action. When at rest or flying, the proboscis is kept folded under the head. The abdomen is divided into dorsal tergites and ventral sternites. Wax is secreted from glands on the sternites.

The brightly-coloured pile of the bumble bee is a form of aposematic signal. Depending on the species and morph, these colours can range from entirely black, to bright yellow, red, orange, white, and pink. Thick pile can also act as insulation to keep the bee warm in cold weather. Further, when flying a bee builds up an electrostatic charge, and as flowers are usually well grounded, pollen is attracted to the bee's pile when it lands. When a pollen covered bee enters a flower, the charged pollen is preferentially attracted to the stigma because it is better grounded than the other parts of the flower.

A bumblebee does not have ears, and it is not known whether, or how, a bumblebee could hear sound waves passing through the air, however they can feel the vibrations of sounds through wood and other materials.

(For more information, please consult WiKiPedia)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-21 2:24]

Hi Paras,i know how isn't easy to take perfectly these terribles bombus always moving...very good composition,excellents colors as usual...yesterday i had a chance to meet one fozen..and was too easy to take..ehhe..have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-21 2:52]

Slav Paras,
A very good composition with nice colors and perfect sharpness.TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-21 3:13]

Very good composition, nice colors!

Ciao Paras. You've captured very well this bombo in movement. Great light and sharp in a nice compo.


Wonderful capture!
Great details and colors!

Ciao again Paras, nice busy bumblebee on a beautiful flower, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-21 8:54]

Hi Paras.
Many thanks for amazing words of your comments. I am very pleased as well as I am pleased with meeting of your shots. I like pictured insect. I have only few good shots of it. You managed to catch it on fine flowers. Lights, colours and details of the scene are wonderful and composition of the shot is excellent too. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-22 0:28]

Hi Paras,
the lavender is so beautiful and the bee too. I like the sharpness with hairy thing on both of them.
You have given a good emphasis on tis beauty by muting the background so well.
Nice effect on sharpness by light exploitation.


Hello Paras
wonderful shot of this Bumble Bee, very beautiful lighting, i like the different color strips on the body of the insect, great pose on this beautiful lavender flower with superb details
Have a good night

Hello Paras,

Bumblebees can be difficult, as the body hair seems to vibrate when they are at work hehehe..!
This seems pin sharp to me, and the colours of the insect contrast well with the blue flower...
A well framed presentation!

Pablo -

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