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Honey Bee

Honey Bee
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 15:22
Viewed: 3479
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are at least 6 species of Honey Bee in the world Apis dorsata, A. floreata, A. adreniformis, A. cerana, A. laboriosa and A. mellifera the common Honey Bee. All of them build nests with hexagonal combs for brood raising and food storage. All of them use dance language as their primary means of recruiting nest mates to valuable resources.

Apis floreata and A. adreniformis the smallest species build small cones hanging from tree branches, because the support for the comb supplies a flat surface on the top of the branch they can indicate direction directly by doing their dance on this part of the comb. the other species all do their dance on the vertical plane of the comb and thus indicate direction by transposing the the direction of the sun to the direction rel event to gravity using a straight upwards direction to be equivalent to flying towards the sun. In all species the vigour with which the bee dances is directly correlated with the richness of the resource indicated, while the length of the straight run, or its omission are indications of the distance to be travelled to the resource, this need not be a straight line but may involve flying around some natural obstacle such as a small mountain.

The Honey Bee dance comes in three forms; A) the reversing circle or round dance used to indicate a resource close to the hive, B) the sickle dance, only used by the the Italian race of Apis mellifera to indicate a slightly more distant resource, and C) the waggle dance, which is basically the circle dance with the addition of bisecting line down the middle during which the bee waggles her abdomen. The more intense the waggling the closer the food source. Different species and races use the round dance to indicate resources at different distances, thus A. floreata, A. dorsata and A. cerana only use the round dance for distances less than 50 metres while Apis mellifera (race) ligustica uses it for distances up to 200 metres and A. mellifera cornica for resources up to 1000 metres distant.

Honey Bees pass on additional information to their hive mates concerning the taste and odour of the food resource by means of tropholaxis, this is when one bee regurgitates from its crop some of the nectar it has collected and feeds it to another bee, when this is happening it looks like they are kissing. Recruitment to a site is strengthened by returning foragers passing on the location to more of the hive, (a hive may have more than 40 000 workers at one time, only a few can observe any particular bee as she dances). As in the Stingless Bees recruitment is believed to be affected by negative feedback when workers are unable to forage efficiently at a site either because too many workers are already present or because the site has become depleted.

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Hi Bob. This is one bright and beautiful image. The little flowers where the bee is perched are just fabulous in pastel colors. The hairy details of the bee is so well captured in pleasing diagonal framing. Just curious about their presence during the cold winter Bob. Thanks for sharing and kind regards - Jusni

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-04 22:44]

Nice to see this splash of colour Bob now that we are snowed under here in Europe.
Excellent macro of a Honey Bee at work on Sedun flowers. Technically superb: well taken and well found from your archives.
Thanks and have a good second Sunday in Advent.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-05 0:00]

Hello Bob,
this one is a nice macro shot,well composed, i liked the lovely rose petal in the bg, gives good contrast to the insect, very good image.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-05 1:43]

Hello Bob,
the hairy body of the bee. is really wonderful as well as the pink flowers.
Both complement each other naturally as nature design it. You showed it very well in a lovely way.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-05 13:27]

Hi Robert,
An excellent macro shot with sigma 70-300,great colors and wonderful sharpness.Very nice composition.TFS.

hello Bob

this is a great close-up shot of this Honey Bee,
with fine POV, superbly focused great sharpness
and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-05 17:48]

Hello Bob,
A gorgeous image which brightens things up at this time of the year. The detail is great and the colors are vivid yet natural looking. Wonderful notes!!

Hi Bob this photo has attractive colour working well for it and the details are very good.I am curious as to what sort of flowers the bee is busy with as I don't believe I have ever seen any like them before now,they are fascinating in their form and colour.I like plants that have interesting textures and forms.Thanks for giving us this view.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-06 8:02]

Hello Bob,
I love the warm colours here and you've focussed in on the little Honey Bee very nicely. Honey keeps me going through the winter, especially now that I have a bad cold!
TFS and take care, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-06 18:18]

Hello Bob,
What a beautiful splash of colour to make me smile and a fantastic image of the bee with excellent notes. You are looking so good of late my friend, I am so happy you are make such great progress. Bless you.

Hi Bob,

The flowers are framing well the bee. The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the noney bee. The picture is clear and sharp. The quality of the light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 21:32]

Hi, dear Bob.
I have missed this your charming close-up picture. I like subject a lot as well as wonderful reproduction of the fine small flowers, brilliant details of the be and very nice pleasant colours and lights f the shot. My warm greetings and many thanks for your kind comments of my shots.
Yours Alexei.

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