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Melecta luctuosa

Melecta luctuosa
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Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-03 7:01
Viewed: 4642
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cuckoo bee, Melecta luctuosa is a brood parasite of the mason bees in the genus Anthophora. It has a rather unusual and striking black-and-white livery.
Like most parasitic bees, it is rather sluggish and slow, having nothing much to do, except sip nectar and lay eggs.
This one is a female, and measures approx 16 mm.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
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Bonjour Philippe,
you captured an interesting and nicely colourd bee on a likewise beautiful flower.
A very natural setting and perfectly balanced exposure. A slightly lower viewing angle could have
increased the attractivity of the picture even more. What do you think?
Best wishes, Peter

nice pollination pic, TFS Ori

Muchas gracias de nuevo Philippe por tu inestimable ayuda en la id de mi insecto, realmente te lo agradezco.
Tu toma también interesante, una especie poco vista en Tn con unos colores difíciles de ver.
Un saludo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Salut Philippe,
Superbe abeille solitaire, avec des couleurs inhabituelles. Excellente netteté sur l'insecte. Je te souhaite une très bonne année!

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