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Honey Bee and Foxglove

Honey Bee and Foxglove
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bees [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 22:24
Viewed: 4925
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

I photographed this Honey Bee on 12/17/06 while he was buzzing around a Foxglove flower in my back yard.

Honeybees have been classified as follows:
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera
Family Apiidae
Genus Apis
Species Apis mellifera

The Foxglove is a favorite flower of the honey-bee, and is entirely developed by the visits of this insect. For that reason, its tall and stately spikes of flowers are at their best in those sunny, midsummer days when the bees are busiest. The projecting lower lip of the corolla forms an alighting platform for the bee, and as he pushes his way up the bell, to get at the honey which lies in a ring round the seed vessel at the top of the flower, the anthers of the stamens which lie flat on the corolla above him, are rubbed against his back. Going from flower to flower up the spike, he rubs pollen thus from one blossom on to the cleft stigma of another blossom, and thus the flower is fertilized and seeds are able to be produced. The life of each flower, from the time the bud opens till the time it slips off its corolla, is about six days. An almost incredible number of seeds are produced, a single Foxglove plant providing from one to two million seeds to ensure its propagation.

It is noteworthy that although the flower is such a favourite with bees and is much visited by other smaller insects, who may be seen taking refuge from cold and wet in its drooping blossoms on chilly evenings, yet no animals will browse upon the plant, perhaps instinctively recognizing its poisonous character.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-18 23:07]

Hello Ken

A wonderful shot of this foxglove and bee.Put this one down as July in a calendar.Excellent POV and DOF.The colours are bold and vivd.The details are sharp.I like the composition you chose.Great job.TFS


Hello Ken,
This is your another theme's photo? :-)
Lovely colours of this foxglove and small visiter.
Well focused on bee, sharp details, excellent DOF, BG colours is also lovely.
Well done, Ken.

fantastically sharp-perfect pic, TFS Ori

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-19 3:00]

Macro splendide, beaux détails, belle netteté


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-19 3:29]

Hi Ken,
All around great capture, focus is sharp, details clear, colors are beautiful, background is lovely and depth of field is good. Yes I like it, LOL.
TFS Rick

Hello Ken,
this is a fantastic shot. Great moment you captured here. Excellent POV, great sharpness, wonderful colours and very nice bg. This is an execllent composition. Thank you.

Beautiful shot, great colours and sharpness. Good OOF background highlights the flowers well. Bee is good for scale.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-19 5:57]

Hello Ken,
very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

hi ken,
nice shot,
well composed with fine pov,
lovely colours,
nice dof,
tfs & regards

Excellent detials and color Ken!! Comp and DOF are fantastic!! The bee is sharp and in flight timing is perfect! This is beautiful overall image!!!!

Hello Ken,
Wonderful shot,
Great details and colors.
Well done.

Hello Ken,

Excllent work, Great colors Bg POV I really like the POV and framing alot,

TFS Kyle

Hi Ken,
Another excellent timing on this one too.
Nice colors of the flower.
Great work

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-19 9:47]

Hi Ken.
Amazing flowers and captured moment. Perfect lighting and beautiful colours (BG is perfect at this aspect too). You have composed your wonderful shot nicely. Bravo and TFS.

Perfecta Ken. Un trabajo primoroso. Buen fondo y un POV fabuloso.
Saludos amigo.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-19 12:32]

Una perfecta captura en vuelo Ken, como parte de una bella composición por su luminosidad, sus bellos colores, la exacta agudeza y el perfecto fondo.
Completa la presentación un atinado encuadre, estéticamente muy agradable.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

A perfect capture in flight Ken, like part of a beautiful composition for their brightness, their beautiful colors, the exact sharpness and the perfect background.
Complete the presentation an accurate framing, aesthetically very pleasant.
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-19 16:32]

Ken, I love you for this picture!
What a perfect instant and what a marvellous composition! Really lovely, magnificent job!

Bonjour Ken
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec cette jolie fleur , les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition et beau BG.
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-21 16:21]

Hi Ken,
beautiful image. The details are wonderful and perfectly sharp. Very nice POV and excellent Crop. The colors are so vivid, a composition full of sun and warmth.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-30 6:07]

Magníficos detalles de esta digitalis... original aproximación de la abeja, en unaa compo. muy original y llena de matices, excelente Ken.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-01 4:07]

Hi Ken.
This is excellent capture.Beautiful flovers with splendid colours.Very good POV,DOF.Fine sharp details.Bonus is in-flight bee-superb.And all in beautiful composition with perfect OOF BG.Congratulate,well done,great work!Thank you for sharing.
Best wishes and very much successful next year 2007.
Best regards Milos

Hi Ken,
Great photo!
The DOF is excellent, you got everything into focus. Colors are so beautiful, the background color is really special. Details are very good too.


dear Ken ,
this is wonderful shot.
amazing colors and grea lighting.
i like it so much.
what a nice BG and very well composed.
great captured
thanks for sharing this nice image.
best regards

Wow that is quite a well timed shot Ken! Lively colours and very sharp.

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