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Sting of the Bee

Sting of the Bee
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P32
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-27 16:00
Viewed: 5618
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sting of the Bee.
I had never seen the sting of the bee, with this opening. I took these pictures while the bee fed of the flower of the melon plant.
Some data on the bees:
Order: Hymenoptera (membrane wings). Species: bees. Suborders: Apocryta
Common characteristic - their waist in the middle of their body
The bees are related with the wasps and they are important polinizadoras of flowers. But on the contrary of the wasps that are predadoras, the bees feed only of the plants. All the bees have bodies with hair and some have sting. Some live in beehives but most of species are solitary.

The picture was taken in the morning, 9.51 am, but for the quantity of leaves of the melon plant and for the quick movement of the bee, I thought of using the flash to be able to capture these details with my camera. At the beginning to the bee it didn't inconvenience him my presence and I took many pictures of her, later I noticed that the bee was bothersome with the use of the flash and her to avoid the flowers that were near my and her to avoid my presence during her flight.

Adjust on the original picture, a great court, almost the half (to make a bigger approach), adjust 800 x 745, I shine, contrast, sharpen and a mark.

I hope to publish another picture with the closed or united sting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-27 16:29]

Hi Ninfa, It is a nice composition with good colours but it is all out of focus. Did you get camera shake?

I've seen your other pictures which are normally of far better quality so you must have a good technique. I understand that the conditions weren't ideal so full marks for trying!


Hi Ninfa, this one is definatly not your usual standard the focus looks very soft all over,
The notes are very good though especially the observation of its reaction to your taking its pictures.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-28 14:10]

Hi Ninfa
I like your note too, and as I am acutely alleric to honeybee sting, I carry always an epipen with me. I am sorry that I must agree on the focus, something went haywire here.

I think you did a nice job here Ninfa, though I have to say that it is not quite in focus. My experience is that you do not have to worry about the bees (and wasps) as long as you are doing your job in a quiet and peacefull way. I have a lot of pictures of these creatures (look here and here) and they have never done any harm to me.

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