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leafcutter bee (Megachilidae)

leafcutter bee (Megachilidae)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Tokina AT-X 100 Pro-D Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 19:16
Viewed: 4479
Points: 36
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leafcutter bee (Megachilidae)

I finally found one of these tiny "sleeping bees"! :)

Greetings and hugs to all!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Apoidea
Family: Megachilidae

General: The Megachilidae are a cosmopolitan family of (mostly) solitary bees whose pollen-carrying structure (called a scopa) is restricted to the ventral surface of the abdomen (rather than mostly or exclusively on the hind legs as in other bee families). Megachilid genera are most commonly known as mason bees and leafcutter bees, reflecting the materials they build their nest cells from (soil or leaves, respectively); a few collect plant or animal hairs and fibers, and are called carder bees. All species feed on nectar and pollen, but a few are cleptoparasites (informally called "cuckoo bees"), feeding on pollen collected by other megachilid bees. Parasitic species do not possess a scopa. The brightly colored scopa leads to a colloquial name used occasionally in North America - "Jelly-belly bees." Megachilid bees are among the world's most efficient pollinators because of their energetic swimming-like motion in the reproductive structures of flowers, which moves pollen, as needed for pollination. One of the reasons they are efficient pollinators is their frequency of visits to plants, but this is because they are extremely inefficient at gathering pollen; compared to all other bee families, megachilids require on average nearly ten times as many trips to flowers to gather sufficient resources to provision a single brood cell.

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/14.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 100 mm
Date Taken: 2012-03-03 10:20
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light detected
File Size: 209 kb

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A mind blowing macro of this unusual Bee, Jesus.
Most professional utilization of fill flash is in evidence here.
Flawless details and colours.

Absolute perfection, excellent detail, good setting and background. A fine photo and a wonderful insect.
regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-03 23:31]

Superb shot Jesus!It's very clear,sharp and good detailed.Colors and BG are also perfect.Excellent work.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-04 1:40]

Hi Jesus,this is a great scoop and a very lucky meeting! You caught very well this nice opportunity to create this magnificent macro,fantastic sharpness,colors and composition,it's nice to see something to special on TN!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Great macro Jesus! Interesting subject, very good composition, wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Jesus, fantastica macro con dettagli impressionanti, splenddia luce, magnifica nitidezza e meravigliosi colori, bravissimo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-04 3:41]

Fantastic macro shot, Jesus!
Outstanding sharpness and fine detail; perfect control of flash light and great POV; beautiful composition and nice clean background. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Jesus. Interesting vertical MF. Sharp and details perfect! Brigh colours.


hello Jesus
i like this macro picture with his good details
nice light good sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot for TN
thanks greeting lou

Olá Jesus belissima foto um excelente trabalho de macro muito bem focada e composta de detalhes parabéns.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-04 7:12]

Hello Jesús,
Perfect sharp detailed photo in very beautiful colours with the use of flash. Excellent composition and blurred background. Taken from the best possible POV.

Hello Jesus,
What a lovely picture.
very good detalis and nice macro. Well done.

Hello Jesus,
Another interesting image.....
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.
I love the excellent clarity and the perfect focus.
Wonderful composition and exposure as usual.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-05 1:04]

Hello Jesus,
what a wonderful expression of the name and its job. A real cutter hanging and shown in excellent sharpness and muted background.
Wonderful image in its finest details and features.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-05 5:20]

Beautiful bee here sleeping, well captured with fine details and colors. tfs.

wow, una cattura davvero molto bella per questa specie di vespa, molto belli i dettagli e i colori ,

un saluto, tino

Hello Jesús

Great macro of this bee on his acrobatic pose
with as usual superbly focused with great
sharpness and details, fine POV and
appropriate vertical framing, TFS


dear Jesus,
resolution and colours are very good.
composition is nice.
direction of insect is very attractive.

Best Regards,
Mehran Jahangiri.

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