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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): By Cade [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-08 18:32
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I got this shot of a bee working inside a Prickly Poppy while on a nature walk on Goodfellow AFB. The bee is so covered in pollen you can't make out his true color.

About Honey Bees Disappearing Population

Honey Bee colonies are disappearing all over the world, and scientist have not pinpointed a cause. Commercial Beekeepers are seeing their hives drop at alarming rates. The West Coast has reportedly lost sixty percent of its commercial bee population and an estimated seventy percent on the East Coast.

This should not be taken lightly, we need the bees to pollinate our crops. A Cornell University study has estimated that honeybees annually pollinate over fourteen billion dollars worth of seed and crops

(Mostly fruits, vegetables, and nuts) in the United States alone. That works out to one-third of the nation's food supply.

They have come up with a name for what is happening Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die singly far from home. This problem has been identified in 24 states all over the country.

I encourage everyone to read up on this subject. Just do a search for "Colony collapse Disorder" and you will find a plethora of information.


- Unsharp Mask on the bee
- A little use of the Clone Tool to remove some sun burned spots on the flower petals.

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Hola Billy.
Una encantadora escena.
Preciosos detalles y una nitidez genial.
Un saludo y tfs, JL.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-09 17:47]

Hello Billy,
Fantastic macro shot, this bee is loaded up or what thanks for sharing this wonderful image.

Hi Billy.
Great close-up. He sure is covered in pollen.

New Zealand

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