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Bee(Appis mellifera)

Bee(Appis mellifera)
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Copyright: pedro anahory (anahory) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 229] (1377)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 50mm macro
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-11 19:04
Viewed: 5580
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bees (Apoidea superfamily) are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees, and they may be found on every continent except Antarctica. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used for food for the brood.

Bees have a long proboscis that enables them to obtain the nectar from flowers. Bees have antennae made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females. They have two pairs of wings, the back pair being the smaller of the two.

Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are called pollinators. Bees may focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen, depending on their greater need at the time. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of this accomplished by bees.

Bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, thus aiding in the adherence of pollen. Bees periodically stop foraging and groom themselves to pack the pollen into specialized pollen baskets which are on the legs of honeybees and some other species, and on the ventral abdomen on other species.

Bees are extremely important as pollinators in agriculture, with contract pollination having overtaken the role of honey production for beekeepers in many countries. Monoculture and pollinator decline have increasingly caused honeybee keepers to become migratory so that bees can be concentrated in areas of pollination need at the appropriate season. Many other species of bees are increasingly cultured and used to meet agricultural pollination need. Bees also play a major, though not always understood, role in providing food for birds and wildlife. Many of these bees survive in refuge in wild areas away from agricultural spraying, only to be poisoned in massive spray programs for mosquitoes, gypsy moths, or other pest insects.

Many species of bees are poorly known. The smallest bee is a dwarf bee (Trigona minima) and it is about 2.1 mm (5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is the Megachile pluto, which can be as large as 39 mm (1.5").( in Wikipedia)

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-05-11 20:14]

olá Pedro
Gostei bastante de sua foto, principalmente a luz que vc conseguiu utilizando o flash, acredito que vc trabalhou a foto para escurecer as bordas, mas seu efeito final ficou muito bom, Bom DOF, POV e nitidez,

bonjour Pedro,
amazing macro shot here, beautifull colors tones and beautifull subject, good work,
bravo Martin

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-05-11 21:45]

Wow, amazing shot. It's hard enough to get a bee in a macro, but yours is very close and clear. The lighting is dramatic. And purple and orange make a nice combination. Great work!

Hi Pedro

Incredible quality of picture, details, colors and composition are fantastic. I put it in my favorite.
Thank you

Beautiful composition, colors and lighting.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-12 3:02]

Olá, Pedro! Antes de mais nada, bem-vindo ao TN! E com que fotos você chega!
Lindas as cores e fantástica a luz desta imagem muito bem capturada!

This is an amazing shot, Pedro. You have created a halo around the bee which gives it a fantastic look.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-12 11:07]

Hello Pedro!
Magnificent close up.Lighting is amazing.I liked colors,POV,details,sharpness and composition also
a lot.TFS...:-)

Great shot Pedro. Beautiful macro!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-12 15:46]

The light in this picture is really stunning, you should be really pleased with this picture, It is more like a work of art than a photograph.



Hi Pedro,
a nice macro with an unusual but lovely light.
The colours are nice and the details are good.
Well done.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-05-15 11:04]

Hello Pedro. This is a superb macro shot. The purple, violet and the bee colors are excellent. The detail is razor sharp, and DOF perfect. Great lighting and sharpness.
Thanks very much.

Hi Pedro,

Where did you find that photographic studio especially designed for bees ?
Superb and really original lighting.
Great job.


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-07-01 22:02]

Félicitations Pedro pour cette Macro très originale. Une lumière exceptionnelle qui atteint son objectif: nous captiver. Formidable pose de l'abeille qui fait aussi un joli contraste avec les couleurs de la fleur.
Une vraie beauté. Bravo.
Une de mes favorites.


I love the arrangement of the elements in your composition. The lighting contributed to enhance the colors as well as to put the bee in "the spot light".
Meus parabens.

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