|Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88)
|Date Taken: 2012-04-05|
|Camera: Nikon D90, 18-105 AF-S VR|
|Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop|
|Date Submitted: 2012-04-10 5:44|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The bumble bee is the most common type of bee with around 250 different species of the bumble bee found around the world. Despite the fact that the bumble bee can be found in many countries, it is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere, breeding more successfully in the more temperate climates.
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula: a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
The bumble bee is best known for having a sting on it's tail, which the bumble bee uses to protect itself from danger. Once the bumble bee has stung something with it's sting, the sting breaks off and the bumble bee generally dies. Despite common belief, not every bumble bee has a sting, in fact the male bumble bees (known as drones) do not have a sting at all. Only the female bumble bee has a sting on it's tail.
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
Like all bee tongues, the bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is a long hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The primary action of the tongue is lapping, i.e. repeated dipping of the tongue into liquid.
Bumblebees are typically found in higher latitudes and/or high altitudes, though exceptions exist (there are a few lowland tropical species).
One of the main causes in the decline of the bumble bee populations is the fact that the places where the bumble bees nest are being disturbed often destroying the bumble bee's nest in the process. The bumble bee is a herbivorous animal feeding primarily on nectar. Bumble bees also eat pollen and honey when there is no nectar available. Bumble bees have numerous natural predators including birds, larger insects and amphibians such as frogs and newts.
The queen bumble bee is the one who lays the eggs. She lays her eggs in a round-shaped mound that she then seals with wax. When the baby bumbles bees (larvae) hatch they are forced to eat their way out of their sealed dome. Bumble bees are known to play a valuable part in the eco-stem as around 1/3 of what humans eat is pollinated by bees. It is estimated that around 80% of the world's crop species are dependent on the pollination by bees to survive.
Sadly due to high pollution levels and habitat loss, the bumble bee populations are rapidly declining with the bumble bee being one of the few insects that is classed as being threatened with extinction. Human beings do not give bees the respect they deserve, as bumble bees are vital to the survival of plants which are in turn vital to the survival of humans.
One common, yet incorrect, assumption is that the buzzing sound of bees is caused by the beating of their wings. The sound is actually the result of the bee vibrating its flight muscles, and this can be achieved while the muscles are decoupled from the wings. This is especially pronounced in bumblebees, as they must warm up their bodies considerably to get airborne at low ambient temperatures. Bumblebees have been known to reach an internal thoracic temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) using this method.
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Apidae Subfamily: Apinae Tribe: Bombini Genus: Bombus Latreille, 1802 species Bombus (Mg.) trifasciatus Smith
During my short visit, only one day at Shillong, Meghalaya state. I found this bee collecting nectar from the flower. Unfortunately, I do not have the proper lens to take a good photograph, any way I tried with the kit lens and this is the result. Bumblebees are available from Arunachal to Himachal Pradesh throughout the Himalayan region and it is very common but I found only one Indian entry in the TN, and my entry is second.
A dorsal view in the workshop please view.
Thank you for viewing.
information courtesy: wikipedia and other sources.
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- [2012-04-10 5:47]
Hi Samiran,what a top class macro,not easy a work like that whit the bumblebee always in mouvement! Great work and great details,sharpness and colors despite the difficult position,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
- [2012-04-10 6:36]
this is a lovely and exciting macro skill presentation. The hairs are splendid and the colors are very bright and attractive.
You have composed a pleasant shot.
- [2012-04-10 7:00]
Nice to see you as my neighbour today.
Beautiful macro of this Bumblebee in excellent sharpness, details and bright colours. Taken from a very good POV.
My neighbour today..
Colorful macro.Great composition from a good POV,wonderful bright colors and great sharp details.
- [2012-04-10 7:22]
I like impressive close-up. Wonderful vivid colours and deep shadows as well as nicely illuminated main subject (fine petals and attractive insect). POV and composition are excellent too. Kind wishes and best regards.
Pretty good macro of this Bumblebee with your kit lens, Mr Nandy.
The details on the subject are quite sharp and clear.
You were in the lap of pure mother nature in Shillong, I guess. Hope more are coming from the trip.
now this is class. those extended proboscis, the details of the body parts and all, under such a challenging backdrop. its sure genius. i can very well guess how difficult it is to take a shot like this. two points for this is just not enough !!!
Ciao Samiran, great macro of lovely bumblebee, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Excellent close-ups of this insect, i love much
more the POV on this photo, excellent focus
sharpness details and contrast, TFS
Beautiful macro with excellent composition and wonderful colours.
- [2012-04-10 23:46]
Splendid macro of this beautiful Bumblebee.Excellent coloration, sharpness and texture.Pleasant composition.Well done.Best regards Siggi
- [2012-04-11 6:54]
Beautiful species but merged with the background, sadly, is it pollen stuck to its back? interesting one. tfs.