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buff-tailed bumblebee


buff-tailed bumblebee
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 200, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 20:38
Viewed: 3574
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Bombinae
Genus: Bombus
Species: B. terrestris
Binomial name: Bombus terrestris


Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee is a social bumblebee and one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2 - 2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½ - 2 cm.

Apparently, such bees can navigate their way back to the hive from a distance as far away as 13km (8 miles).


Ordnung: Hautflügler (Hymenoptera)
Unterordnung: Taillenwespen (Apocrita)
Überfamilie: Bienen (Apoidea)
Familie: Apidae
Unterfamilie: Apinae
Gattung: Hummeln (Bombus)
Art: Dunkle Erdhummel
Wissenschaftlicher Name: Bombus terrestris

Die Dunkle Erdhummel (Bombus terrestris) ist eine der in Europa am häufigsten vorkommenden Arten der Hummeln. Sie ist ein schwarzes Tier mit zwei gelben Querbinden und einer weißen Hinterleibspitze. Die Färbung ähnelt derjenigen der Hellgelben Erdhummel so stark, dass sie in der freien Natur kaum unterschieden werden können. Das Weibchen hat eine Größe von 24 bis 28 Millimeter. Das Weibchen überwintert in Erdlöchern oder unter trockenem Laub. Im zeitigen Frühjahr legt das Weibchen das Nest in Erdlöchern von Maulwürfen oder Mäusen oder unter Steinen an. Darin werden tönchenartige Zellen für Pollen, Honig und die Brut gebaut. Nachdem die Arbeiterinnen geschlüpft sind, wird das Nest erweitert, so dass es für bis zu 500 Hummeln Platz bietet. Nicht selten liegt das Nest in bis zu 1 Meter Tiefe. Das ist wegen des Frostes von großem Vorteil, denn er kommt selten so tief. Erdhummeln sind in Wäldern, grasigen Wiesenhängen, Gärten und Feldern vom Tiefland bis in die Berge anzutreffen, in ganz Europa, Nordafrika und Kleinasien. Bei den Arbeiterinnen zeigt sich manchmal Kannibalismus: Sie versuchen, Eier der Königin zu erbeuten und aufzufressen. Manche Weibchen fressen sogar die eigenen Eier.

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Hi Thijs,
Nice DoF, neat BG. Well composed picture and well framed. Nice natural colors. Great Pp works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-11-05 23:24]

Looks charming with the purple plant. Excellent details and DOF.
TFS Thijs.

Hi Thijs,
Very nice macro picture. All details are sharp and clearly seen. Composition, dof, exposure are great. TFS.
JC

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-06 1:51]

Hello Thijs,
perfect picture of the bumble bee with pretty good sharpness. In most cases, I did not succeed in obtaining suitable pictures of bumble bees: they are too busy.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Thijs
What a great shot of buff-tailed bumblebee,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Excellent

Regards
Fartash

Hello Thijs,
This is a great macro with excellent details, lightning and composition. I really like the moment you caught here and this nice position from the insect. Well done with good colors. Thanks,
Claudine

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-06 8:12]

Hi Thijs

Splendid macro work you have here!
I would like the remark here the very good flash filling - it makes the colors looks great and gives excellent contrast with the BG.
Alsi the sharpness is impecable, the POV is great and the diagonal compo is very beaitiful.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-06 10:01]

Hello Thijs,
Beautiful presentation of this Bumblebee working at a thistle. Nice contrast with the BG and between the bumblebee and flower.
Well done.
Regards, Ivan

Ha Thijs,

Een mooie kleurrijke macro,scherp en gedetailleerd,ik zou een vierkante crop maken van deze foto en het groen aan de linkerzijde wegcroppen,zie ws

Groetjes,
Paul

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-06 14:06]

Hi Thijs.
Your close-up is very nice. I like its perfect colours, diagonal construction, excellent DOF and, as a result, expressive well blurred and colourful BG, Perfect done and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-07 17:15]

Hello Thijs,
wonderful capture with a very nice DOF. The details are nice and sharp and OOF BG lets the subjects stand out very well. Great colors and a very nice composition.

Sky

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-08 9:23]

Hoi Thijs,
Prachtige kleuren, die er echt uitspringen, op deze foto.
Mooie compositie en pov. Scherpte perfect.
groetjes paula

Excelente macro, se aprecian perfectamente los detalles. El Workshop del Red Squirrel, gana mucho con el contraste, muchas gracias. Un cordial saludo

Bonjour Thijs,
Très belle composition, Les couleurs sont belles et lumineuses, les détails finement sciselés.
Excellent,
Merci,
Moustique ;o)

""Apparently, such bees can navigate their way back to the hive from a distance as far away as 13km (8 miles).""

This may be in danger: allow me to add an alarming bit of news about bees!
Recent reports on unusually high beekills suggest that perhaps cell phones are to blame.
Are we ignorantly committing Apidae-cide?

Like you I like these humblebees which have tricks regular honeybees do not have.

Excellent PoV here of the bee on this knapweed(?).
It shows us so much more than just another photo of another insect... bee, b'fly, bug, what have you... Tfs, Jay

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