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Cuckoo Bee on a Tridax Daisy

Cuckoo Bee on a  Tridax Daisy
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-20 6:49
Viewed: 2037
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beauty and The Bee
Cuckoo Bee, precisely it is a Domino Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus lugubris) on a Tridax Daisy
Some Scientific information:
The cuckoo habit has evolved independently in many groups of bees and for entomologists it’s interesting from a phylogenetic and ecological aspect. Cuckoo bees are similar to cuckoo birds that practice brood parasitism. Cuckoo bees often do not look like “classic” bees in that they don’t have much hair on them, and for this reason they may be confused with wasps. Cuckoo bees don’t have to collect pollen and nectar for their young any longer, so they don’t have any pollen collecting hairs on their bodies. They do visit flowers for nectar because it provides them with the energy they need for daily activities, like looking for other bee nests to parasites. This adaptation begs the question, “are cuckoo bee pollinators?” This is something, the scientists are currently researching in their lab. While visiting flowers, cuckoo bees will have some pollen that sticks to them through electrostatic attraction, and scientist are still investigating whether or not they are successful at pollinating flowers.
The cuckoo bees are stunningly beautiful but these bees lead a life of deceit!
Three common species of cuckoo bee are the Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus), the Chequered Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus caeruleopunctatus) and the Domino Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus lugubris).
The first two have blue spots, whilst the Domino Cuckoo Bee has white spots

The plant:
Common name: Tridax Daisy, Coat Buttons, Mexican Daisy.
Botanical name: Tridax procumbens
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Tridax procumbens is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is best known as a widespread weed and pest plant. It is native to the tropical Americas but it has been introduced to tropical, subtropical, and mild temperate regions worldwide. It is listed as a noxious weed in the United States and has pest status in nine states.
This pretty daisy-like flower is very common all over the plains of northern India. Tridax daisy stands about 30-60 cm high and has slightly hairy stems. The leaves are ovate or lanceolate with toothed edges. The small creamy or white flower has five petals which are notched on the outer edges. The centre of the flower is yellow. This plant has flowers all the year around, but from May to December is the time that it is fully in bloom. It is found along paths, roadsides and in the crevices of walls and rocks. It is a great favourite with low flying butterflies. In the areas where there is a great concentration of these flowers one will find plenty of butterflies and bees too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-20 6:57]

Hello Samiran,
fine capture of this Cuckoo Bee with superb sharpness and a well chosen POV. I also like the nicely blurred background and the beautiful colours.Regards Siggi

Namaste Samiran,

The details are amazing, complimentary background,very well captured.tfs

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-20 7:25]

I wonder how you managed to get this bee (so much details) on the flower which is close to the ground..the bee is bit fast always on the wings..I know the difficulty and appreciate your capture, beautiful image. tfs.

hallo Samiran
This is super good
i like the details and the good sharpness also the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Samiran,
Remarkable photo. This interesting species of insect has wonderful colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light. Exceptional clarity and p0erfect focus.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

hi neighbour and bravo for this perfect capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-20 8:15]

Hello Samiran,
Fascinating macro! The sharpness and details are amazing and the clarity is splendid. Great POV, composition and blurred background.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-20 9:07]

Hi Samiran.
Thanks a lot for wonderful close-up of rare and amazing subject. I have not seen this species. It is fine and you managed to show it with many nice details. Sharpness of the main subject as well as smooth silk BG create a fine esthetic impression. Well done.

Hello Samiran
Superb sharpness, amazing details and lovely light.
Interesting coments too.,

Ciao Samiran, great macro of strange bee on fantastic flower, lovely blurry BG, fin e details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran Da,
Beautiful picture of this Cuckoo Bee.I had no idea about this specie's name.After watching and reading I got it.
Nice colour and sharpness with excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing Samiran Da,
Kind regards and respect,

Hello Samiran

Excellent macro of this insect on working action
over its flower, fine POV, for the framing
probably it is a little bit to much centered,
the composition would be better I think if the
subject they where more at the right side,
the focus, sharpness, and details, are superb, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-20 14:22]

Waaw Samiran,what a macro!! A spectacular capture of this strange bee,i can see its beautiful black and white design on this great pic,the best details and exposure and a nice composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Great photo Samiran! Good composition, wonderful BG, fantastic soft lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hello Samiran,

Hi Samiran,
Beautiful sharpness, colors and DoF, a real masterpiece of technicality. Imho a little tighter crop on both left and right should work more powerful, though.
Best regards, László

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-06-21 4:06]

Splendid capture, Samiran!

It's amazing how short the wings are!



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-21 6:20]

Hello Samiran,
There are so many good pictures posted lately. This is no exception and an interesting one. You caught this Cuckoo Bee in a funny pose on the Mexican Daisy. Best sharpness and fine composition and thank's to have found the name of the insect and the plant.
Kind regards

Hallo Samiran
Beautiful macro! Details are amazing and the focus is on the bee as he works to get his nectar. Everything I see is superb. Thanks also for a great note. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Samiran,
fine capture of this lovely bee with good sharpness and nice details. I also like the beautiful colours, the nicely blurred background and the nice on the flower.
Best wishes,

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-06-25 4:29]

Hello Samiran,
Exquisite capture! The details, colors, light and composition are just great! Enjoy a lot looking at your work ! TFS Tina

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  • sanjay (115)
  • [2013-06-26 10:08]

This is Class macro work.....Sharp image..smooth BG pop up the subject

Samiran da,
Really very sorry I missed this beautiful macro.
What a beautiful composition and timing.
Wonderful color and details.
Thank you for sharing.


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-01 8:50]

Hi Samiran,
amazing macro indeed, every detail is visible,
interesting POV, I like the natural colors !
Well done !
Best regards !

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