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Violet carpenter bee

Violet carpenter bee
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-24 1:13
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Violet carpenter bee – Scientific name : Xylocopa violacea – Family : Apidae.
Description : Readily identified by its color, this handsome solitary bee flies in summer and autumn and again in spring, after hibernation. It is about 25 mm (approx. 1 in) long, glossy black all over, with sparse black hairs. The opaque wings are dark brown with a lilac-coloured sheen. Despite its fast flight and fearsome appearance, it is not aggressive and rarely stings.
Carpenter bees usually attack fairly solid wood (e.g. dead unrotted trees and tree-stumps, felled timber, fence posts, etc.). They sometimes tunnel into the timbers and beams of houses, barns and other buildings, and may cause considerable structural damage if left unchecked. Each bee excavates a large nest-tunnel, often over 30 cm (12 in) long, divided off into a number of separate cells by partitions of chewed wood chips. Each cell is stocked with a mass of nectar and pollen on which the female lays an egg. Like other solitary bees, when nesting is finished the female bee leaves her eggs and grubs to develop on their own, through to the next generation of adults.
Photo : Neat Image, cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.
This second post of this huge bee as a different point of view, less over-exposed under the hard sun.
I don't know which is better, this one or the previous bee picture ?

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Hi Christian!
Wonderful flower with great bee. Nice, sunny composition.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-24 3:50]

Another beautiful photo of the bee. Excellent composition, sharpness and very nice colors.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-24 4:08]

Hello Christian!
Wonderful capture.Vivid colors,lighting,details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-24 4:55]

An excellent capture Christian,
Very good composition,nice sharp detail and great colours.
You've handled the exposure very well.
Superb,well done

Great post!
I think I've never seen one of this. It is very interesting creature and the colour of the wings is really great.
I like the photo very much.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-24 5:52]

Superb capture Christian. Another great picture of these bee. Amazing colours and contrast with flower, same as light.

Hello Christian!
Another great macro.Colors,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-24 6:54]

Excellent Christian!! :) This is perfect. Colors are vivid and stunning. Details are crisp and clear. Composition is perfect and POV & DOF are great. Well done & TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-24 7:03]

Hi Taz, so BIG and sharp. I am surprised with his dark heavy-looking wings. Very good macro, well done.

Hello !
Really nice work. POV:)DOF:)details,colors and framing are amazing.I liked composition very much.



Very nice shot Christian,
Great details, colours and composition. POV and DOF are spot on.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-24 14:51]

Hello Christian, another very nice shot of this bee. It's funny but they always look a little like a plastic toy! There is something unreal about them. Very good shot, thanks for posting.

Hello Taz, I think perhaps this one is better than last - the highlights are better controlled in this shot..Great post!

Excellent shot Christian, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done, thanks for sharing

Hi. Great composition leads to this beautiful image. You managed very well with the blacks and highlights, and noise under control ;-) Great work

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-06-25 8:48]

Ha celui ci j'ai essayé maintes fois de le capturer (en photo) mais il est trop véloce, il ne reste qu'une seconde sur chaque fleur. Donc bravo!
Très joli ensemble insecte/fleur.

Wow - you've set the bar for me to try to reach with my bee macros - great DOF, sharpness, and nice colors!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-06-26 1:15]

Awesome Macro Bee work Christian.
I like the colors,sharpness,dof and pov.

Brilliant capture Christian, truly. I have never seen the like of this. Compo, sharpness, stunning colour and amazing looking Bee. Excellent work.

Hello Christian,
I like this composition. The black ordinary looking insect in a nice colourful flower.
It adds a big value to the insect...;o)
Nice details and POV.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-06-27 3:30]

Bonjour Christian, magnifique macro de Xylocopa qui je pense butine des pois de senteur! Les reflets violacés des ailes et la teinte des fleurs sont en bonne harmonie . D'accord pour le liseré rose, cela n'est pas trés heureux! TFS Didier.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-27 5:34]

Hello Christian!
Personal assessment of the photo: Wow!
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a great week!

ce bourdon tres bruyant m'a posé bien des soucis pour le prendre.ici il est parfaitement net et on profite bien des belles couleurs de ses ailes.

Hi Christian,

Wonderful Carpenter bee. I have seen quite a number of them either in action or on a stick but rarely come accross those collecting honey. Nice take. I do found the reflection from its body and wings a little bit over exposed. Overall is great.
Best regards,

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