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Gold-green Sweat Bee

Gold-green Sweat Bee
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-09 6:48
Viewed: 8982
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
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Gold-green Sweat Bee

In the month of August, I published a image called Green Metallic Bee where I explained that I had found sporadically to this small species of solitary bee of so showy colors.

With the arrival of the spring, the sights of this type of insect have become more frequent, but I found this exemplar, that in addition to the typical metalized green colors for the first time, also had gilded tones, mainly in its back part.

Investigating I reached the conclusion that is the Augochlora pura that in some sites of Internet is denominated Gold-green Sweat Bee, while in others only Green Metallic Bee.

Lamentably there is not much information on this sort available.

This exemplar measured approx 15mm. with very thin body (compared with the traditional bees), quite long antennas and a particular design of color in your eyes.

The Augochlora sort belongs to the Halictidae family who has an ample world-wide distribution.

(Translate of Babel Fish)

red45, marhowie, Fisher, extramundi, mogens-j, willie, Crypton, PDP, AndyB, Luc, mumek, ellis49, gerhardt, sandpiper2, livios, coyote, Ninfa, dew77, XOTAELE has marked this note useful
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Great colors very nice shot

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-09 7:03]
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WOW!!!! Gold bee and gold medal! What a colours!

Ricardo, As you say, very "showy" speciman this.. Wonderful POV combined with great comp. & a colorful frame. The metallic green dazzles!! Very good detail on this so tiny Gold Green Sweet bee. Superb job!!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-09 9:02]
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Very nice colors, you got so close that we can see the "honey comb" eye.
Excelent work


Beautiful specimen you've captured here. The metallic green is extraordinary, but also the eye details stand out. Very good DOF for F-4, smashing colour combination.

En mi vida habia visto una abeja con estos colores, parece una abeja con colores de libélula, muy bonita. La atmosfera de la foto es realmente extraña, todo parece estar en un estado de semidesenfoque excepto la abeja, incluso la flor donde se apoya. El detalle del ojo es precioso. La verdad es que no me habia fijado en tu anterior post de la otra abeja verde. Muy interesante, y gran nota como siempre.

Nice and crispy as usual Ricardo. Beautiful looking creature with very nice colours (I have never seen such one before - not even on a picture). I like the compo and the informative note too.

Very nice composition, lovely background!
Good sharpness and dof, nice colors.
Good job!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-09 13:05]
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As always, good focus and lovely colours. Good notes also.
Job well done

Trés belle photo, rien à redire

hello RAP :)
tres belle macro, surtout au niveau des couleurs qui sont vraiment bien assorties.
sinon me semble qu'il y a un leger floue sur l'insecte...tu confirme ou c'est moi :s
en tout cas c'est une tres belle prise ;)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-09 15:23]
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What a jewel of a bee! I have never seen a more colourful and irredescent bee. The photo is superb and the eye is wow!

Well done Ricardo.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-09 18:10]
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An excellent capture Ricardo.
Nice and sharp and with great colours.
Excellent work,well done.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-09 21:14]
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Again I am spechless.Fantastic macro with very good depth of field.Super sharpness and colors

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-09 22:56]
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This guy is already dressed up for Xmas.Beautifull colors and sharpness.

Thanks for posting

Very good macro Ricardo.
Sure you didn't play with the hue/saturation tool, my friend? ;-)
Never seen this before.
Great colours and good sharpness.
Great note like always.
Excellent work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-10 1:50]

Wow! A Christmas decoration bee!
Great work, Ricardo: picture and note.

What a nice composition with this sharp metallic bee surrounded by the flowers. The details are great for F4 as Bente said, but why use F4 and not smaller? Great shot, Ricardo.

Very nice photo

Brilliant shot, such a beautiful bee, the emerald colour contrasting with the yellow flower is excellent. You have done very well with this composition.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-11 21:54]
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Ricardo, é incrível e espantoso como tudo aqui está em sintonia: sua nota, as cores, a beleza do inseto.



Soft, green, yellow, metallic, beautiful!

Outstanding macro of a bee I never even knew existed. It really grabbed my attention. Your note is very comprehensive also and adds to the shot, which could stand on it's own. You seem to have captured the colors really well (and there is a LOT of color).
I only comment so hopefully that works for you. I know many prefer critiques- I don't do them.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-11-29 20:41]

Hola mi muy estimado Ricardo, es fantástica la forma en que tú captaste a esta hermosa abeja verde, de las cuales me llaman mucho la atención y yo he estado persiguiendo desde hace mucho tiempo, desde la flor del limón con las otras abejas.. te digo persiguiendo porque son muy inquietas y diminutas las que yo he visto, no tardan muchos segundos en un solo lugar, aunque en la flor de calabaza he podido captarlas al fin, la imagen es muy rica en detalles, es excelente, felicitaciones, después de unas 300 fotos yo he logrado apenas unas 2 o 3 que ya no sé si publicar después de ver esto pero bueno, no pierdo el ánimo de todas formas. Me encanta el brillo del color metálico que captaste en esta imagen, es fascinante, le da un toque sofisticado a la composición. Saludos Cordiales.

Una autentica sinfonia en verde. Una magnifica foto en todos los sentidos, composición, equilibrio de color, luz...en fin ...perfecta. Enhorabuena;-)

Great photo Ricardo. The colours and the composition are spot-on. Congratulations.

Bonsoir Ricardo superbe teintes sur cette abeille dont je doit dire que j'ignorais l'existance.
La presentation me plait beaucoup avec ce cadrage judicieux, un seul petit regret ce petit flou sur l'insecte mais vraiment rien de mechant;-)
BRAVO Ricardo

szkoda że takie zmiękczone....ale i tak nieźle złapane:)

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-22 18:19]

Hello Ricardo,
Very good picture of this Gold-green Sweat Bee.
Great color, position, DOF, sharpness and BG.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-26 4:19]

Hello Ricardo,
Nice to see you back on TN and i'm waiting your new posts also.This one is very nice.Colors,POV,details,sharpness,colors,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

wouw nice color and excellent macro

Mirando tu galería me encontré con esta preciosidad, que destaca de manera increíble. Ese color verde de la abeja es lindísimo. Un fondo difuso estupendo y la flor con su color amarillo que la hace resaltar aún más. Muy buen trabajo Ricardo.
Saludos desde Gran Canaria. Juan Luis.

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