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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-24 0:43
Viewed: 2085
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A bumblebee (also spelled as bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. .
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely blackLike 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.
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.

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Hallo Pawel
A very striking image with lots of vivid colours and wonderful detail that is clearly seen. Detail not only of the bumble bee but also of the flower is just great and very eye-catching. Your lengthy note is much appreciated and very educational. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-24 1:20]

Hi Pawel,

A very nice photo of this Bombus and Echium, nice colors and very good sharpness too!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-24 4:30]

Hello Pawel,
a very special capture of the bee. the colour is very contrasting and you have shown it in a very sharp capture.
The hairy body is so well detailed and the features are well shown and documented.
Excellent neatness and smoothness of the background.
Well composed shot.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-24 6:31]

Hi Pawel
I like this lovely Bumblebee on this sweet blue flower!
Great details!

Hi Pawel,

A well taken shot of the white tailed Bumblebee. Very good focus showing good detail and clarity of colour, set against the blue of the flowers of the plant.

TFS regards Bill

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-24 8:21]

Hello Pawel,
A fine capture of a queen Bombus (terrestris?) on Echium flowers. The sharpness, colours, BG and composition are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

One of the great macro of a bumblebee I ever see before!
Details and colors are wonderful!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-24 21:30]

Hi Pawel.
Unlike the stork this subject is common for my place. And I have tried to take similar shots many times. However, I could not get so wonderful picture. Brilliant lights, colours and sharpness of the insect and plant. Simply superb use of a great lens with Kenko tube. Bravo. Perfect job.
P.S. In Monday I went to Kyiv on a car (it was daily business trip) and saw storks in-flight.

Hi Pawel,,

a nice shot from this bee on the flower Echium vulgare.
good pov and fine colours.


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