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The beauty and the bee

The beauty and the bee
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bees, Flying images, Insects in Brazil - the saga goes on, Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-12 20:02
Viewed: 4829
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bee behavior refers to what bees do-as individuals and as a colony. By studying their behavior, we may learn how to change it to our benefit.

Two practical discoveries of bee behavior made our beekeeping of today possible. One was the discovery by Langstroth of bee space. The other was the discovery by G. M. Doolittle that large numbers of queens could be reared by transferring larvae to artificial queen cups. The discovery of the "language" of bees and of their use of polarized light for navigation has attracted considerable interest all over the world.

Much has been learned about the behavior of insects, including bees, in recent years. As an example, the term "pheromone" had not been coined in 1953, when Ribbands summarized the subject of bee behavior in his book, The Behavior and Social Life of Honeybees. A pheromone is a substance secreted by an animal that causes a specific reaction by another individual of the same species. Now many bee behavior activities can be explained as the effect of various pheromones.

Recently, we have learned how certain bee behavior activities are inherited, and this information gives us a vast new tool to tailor-make the honey bee of our choice. Further studies should reveal other ways to change bees to produce specific strains for specific uses.

Known Pheromone Activity

Chemicals that bees and other insects produce that influence, or direct, behavior of other bees are broadly called pheromones. In honey bees these chemicals are produced by the queen, workers, and probably drones. A list of the known chemicals associated with the queen and worker is given in tables 1 and 2.

This is an interesting and new area for bee research, as this list represents just a beginning. Research has indicated the existence of many other pheromones, which are as yet undocumented. If interested in this topic, consult the technical work listed in Gary (1974).

(Source: http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/HBBiology/bee_behavior.htm)

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  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-12 21:26]

Hi Livio,
Amazing capture of this beautiful image,
very nice colour and excellent composition,
Well done and TFS!

Amazing capture of the little bee..

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-13 0:05]

Wow ! A great one, you have a very good eye. You gave us something to look at. Thanks !


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-13 3:49]

Hey Livio, a green scene for Brazil! Hurrah!
You've captured this one so nice and sharp. And look at the colour of the pollen - orange like the flowers he is visiting. Well captured, very good job,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-13 3:50]

Fantastic photo Livio!
Amaising how you capture the bee during the flight!
Excellent on details!
Wonderful on colours!
Perfect BG!
Beautiful POV!
5* photo!

Lovely shot Livio. Very well composed with good timing. Great colours. The bee lloks like he already has a heavy load. Those pollen sacs look very full. Good job. Thanks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-13 5:18]

Hello Livio!
Very nice close up.Colors,POV,moment you caught,blurred BG and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-13 6:44]

Ha, ha, superb title Livio :-) Photo is full of colours and sun, great moment and composition. Insects in flight are always very hard to shot!

Great macro with great colours!

Hello Livio,

I love the title on this one, as well as the wonderful image.

Colors are warm; details, POV, BG and exposure are great.

Perhaps a bit of noise in the BG, I did a ws, hope you don't mind.

Thank you for sharing this beautifully composed image with us.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-13 7:14]

Hi Livio,
Interesting and beautiful hover shot of this one above the flower!
I've never seen pollen sacs full like that...
Well done and very nice!

Excellent inflight capture using the 300mm Livio. Well composed with nice colors, good detail and sharpness. Well done my friend.
Thank You!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-13 8:53]

Hi Livio

Great title! Lovely shot. Nice colours and very good composition. Great POV and DOF, and very nice with the pollen on the legs. Excellent!


Hi Livio,
This is excellent! The colors are very well saturated and beautiful in this soft light. Flawless composition and framing of this. Detail is nice and sharp, with perfect control on the DOF. I love the orange pollen on his legs.

Very nice composition on this with an excellent DOF, colors are very nice on this one Livio. Well done. :)

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-13 18:23]

Wow, these colours really pop out at you. Great composition and it has a very nice arty feel to it. GREAT visual impact!

Great capture Livio,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. Composition and exposure are spot on. Good framing and POV.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-01-14 17:59]

Hi Livio
Great capture with the inflight position of the bee. I like the orange in both the bee and the flower. The latter stands out very well from the background. Nice bright colours.
Regards Toni

Hi Livio,
Nice shot. Fliong insect plus beautiful flower on same. Well composed. Excellent colors, sharpness and BG.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-16 9:27]

O seu título poderia ser também "o aeroporto"! Excelente foto, com muita nitidez, belas cores e em um momento muito legal de suposta "aterrissagem". Tfs!

Hi Livio,

I like the soft background match with the bee and flower, and good exposure too.
Best regards,

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