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God Save our Bees!

God Save our Bees!
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Copyright: Rob Poole (summerjazz) (77)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 18:23
Viewed: 3136
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinators in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees may focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen, depending on their greater need at the time, especially in social species. 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."

Albert Einstein once predicted that if bees were to disappear, man would follow only a few years later.

That hypothesis could soon be put to the test, as a mysterious condition that has wiped half of the honey bee population the United States over the last 35 years appears to be repeating itself in Europe.

Experts are at a loss to explain the fall in honey bee populations in America, with fears of that a new disease, the effects of pollution or the increased use of pesticides could be to blame for "colony collapse disorder". From 1971 to 2006 approximately one half of the US honey bee colonies have vanished.

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Great macro shot,Nice pic

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-14 8:13]

Hi Rob,
Nice macro,
Nice colors!

Hello Rob!
Sorry for delay with writting a detailed comment :)
Interesting - even if very sad - story about N American bees. I knew this problem, but it is really nice to see the species on your photo. As for me it is similar in shape and size to European Bombus species than members of Apis genus :) Anyway, it would be nice to find in your note a full Latin name of this interesting insect.
Friendly yours,

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