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Copyright: Theodoros Limitsios (limier) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-03 5:55
Viewed: 5542
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from 1st of August in the same place with the previous photo of Zygaena filipendulae.
You see the place Negris is full of insects that are unknown to most of us, in my village.
Everyone has one name for every insect but nothing is sure.
Grandfathers in Lipinitsa identify it as a "WILD BEE" and some others as (its very difucult to translate in English) "NTAVANOS"
People love to give names to unknown creatures.
And they are pround about that.

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  • Great 
  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-03-03 6:38]

Nice photo of Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa violacea). Very good sharpness and colors. TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-03 8:37]

Hi Thodoris,
You certainly have some strange and wonderful creatures in your village, I've never seen one of these before! It certainly looks like a bee but unusual colours. Nice shot, good detail and great colours.

Hi Thodoris,
in English this "Xylocopa violacea" is called "Carpenter Bee", I think. In Austria, we call it "Holzbiene",
very similar to the grandfathers in Lipinitsa.
Nice shot, well composed, good colours! It is always difficult to make the details on the dark wings and body well visible with that species. Maybe some postwork lighting up on that picture would bring the details out.
Thank you, best regards to Lipinitsa!

great colours, details, composition, POV and sharp!
Good week!

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-07 9:09]

Hi Thodoris!
Nice macro of this big bee. I think it could be Violet Carpenter's Bee, I saw similiar ones on Crimean Penisula. It seems they like thistle. Nice details and good light.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-07 20:02]

Good macro, very sharp and well exposed. Thanks Thodoris.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-16 13:12]

Hello Thodoris,
A funny thing about Xylocopa is that they do not have sting! But anyway there are few species of Xylocopa in Europe and I wouldn't bet it's exactly X. violacea. Better to stay just with generic name :-)
By the way, Polish name of this bee is "zadrzechnia" - quite a tongue twister, isn't it :-)
Best greetings,

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