Memory of summer: To bee or not to bee!
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|Following some feedback I have reposted this shot. < Zoom-zoom-zoom! > Also wish to add an alarming bit of news about bees! Recent reports on unusually high beekills suggest that perhaps cell phones are to blame. Are we ignorantly committing Apidae-cide?|
The bee in this shot is a bumblebee (genus Bombus in the family Apidae )
Here is what "wiki" says about bumblebees:
Bumblebees are important pollinators of both crops and wildflowers.
[*] Agricultural use
Bumblebees are increasingly cultured for agricultural use as pollinators because they can pollinate plant species that other pollinators cannot by using a technique known as buzz pollination. For example, bumblebee colonies are often emplaced in greenhouse tomato production, because the frequency of buzzing that a bumblebee exhibits effectively pollinates tomatoes.
The agricultural use of bumblebees is limited to pollination. Because bumblebees do not overwinter the entire colony, they are not obliged to stockpile honey, and are therefore not useful as honey producers.
[*] Endangered species
Bumblebees are in danger in many developed countries due to habitat destruction and collateral pesticide damage. In Britain, until relatively recently, 19 species of native true bumblebee were recognised along with six species of cuckoo bumblebees (bumblebees that trick other species into looking after their young). Of these, three have already become extinct , eight are in serious decline and only six remain widespread (numerous species of bumblebees live in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, which is known as the "bumblebee capital of all Wales"). A decline in bumblebee numbers could cause large-scale sweeping changes to the countryside, due to inadequate pollination of certain plants.
In response to this, a new organisation has recently been set up - The Bumblebee Conservation Trust aims to halt these declines through conservation and education.
(1)^ Scientists Map The Flight Of The Bumblebee
(2)^ Harman, Alan. "Bumblebee Shortage". Bee Culture, 59. July, 2003.
(3)^ a b Heinrich, B. (1981) Insect Thermoregulation
This flower is not a thistle but knapweed . It is not evident here that it is also attractive to butterflies and later on when seed is available to goldfinches.
Many plants known as weeds are of tremendous food value for birds. Burdock, chickweed, cow parsley, clover, dandelion, groundsel, black medick, greater stitchwort, hogweed, fat hen, knapweed, shepherd's purse, plantains (e.g. ribwort and hoary plantain), stinging nettles, teasel and many types of thistles such as spear thistle and woolly thistle will all provide seeds for birds to eat. Goldfinches will eat the seeds of dandelions, groundsel, knapweed and fuller's teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) as well as thistles (Cirsium sp. and Carduus sp.). They use their sharp conical bill to extract awkward seeds which other birds cannot access. They will also take insects and their larvae.
For an arial view click this.
Here is some more info: KNAPWEEDS, CORNFLOWER et al;
Centaurea is the largest genus of the eastern Mediterranean area, where most weeds originated (1).
Centaurus is the classical name of a plant fabled by Ovid to have cured a wound in the foot of Chiron, one of the Centaurs of Thessaly. Hence the name! Centaurea includes the cornflowers, knapweeds, and starthistles.
They are enduring weeds, possessing ristly seeds that enable them to thrive in such averse areas as abandoned city lots, highways, and swamps. Starthistles and knapweeds are among the most notorious members of this genus. Perhaps the best-known knapweed is Russian knapweed (C. repens L. ), with knoblike heads of purple flowers.
The "knap" in knapweed is derived from the Anglo Saxon word cnaep for top, knob, or button (2).
A common name for cornflower (C. cyanus ) is bachelor button, which was grown extensively in English gardens as a home remedy for inflammation of the eyes and for jaundice.
0. Haughton, C. S. 1978. Green Immigrants. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York.
1. King, L. J. 1966. Weeds of the World-Biology and Control. Interscience Pub., Inc., New York, NY.
2. Jaeger, E. C. 1947.(2nd ed). A Source-book of Biological Names and Terms. Charles C. Thomas, Pub., Springfield, IL.
MORE at: (1); (2); (3) and (4).
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- [2007-04-19 21:36]
I'm so glad that you have reposted this one.To Bee or Not to Bee,I say to Bee as they are important to me and should be to everybody.This is a nice photo of the bee,it is soft on the focus and that is something I have problems with especially with macros.The colours are such a welcome slight to my winter weary eyes as it is snowing here and will be for a couple of days more.I try to visit my favorites such as you as often as I can but as of late I have been pressed for time.Thanks for putting a "buzz" out to the good people who view and are members of TN on the state of bees.Thanks for that joke of the day,lol! Bob
- [2007-04-19 21:54]
To bee or not to bee from 03 and just for thee, I posted a landscape, Nice repost my friend I'll see you in the end, oh no I have to go.
- [2007-04-20 2:30]
Een mooie mos bee boven op de bloem, dat is zeker niet slecht, alleen ik enig probleem met de achtergrond, dit komt meestal door de overscherpen, de focus op de bij is darentegen wel goed, ook de kleuren zijn real.
I've readed your mail, with or without water in swimmingpool.
PS: Link one and two work not.
- [2007-04-20 11:45]
whilst this is a good post in it's own right, the news that it carries about Bees dying off makes it even more poignant. Thanks also for teaching more me about a native of my own country too. An educational and thought provoking post, many thanks!
That is the question! Hi Jay, wonderful macro with splendid colors, great details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
- [2007-04-20 22:58]
A lovely composition.The colours are really nice.Very good lighting.TFS
- [2007-04-22 5:01]
Exact and funny title to so beautiful picture of true summer subject. Great lighting, colours. composition and DOF. Details and sharpness of the main subject (charming bee and flower) are excellent. Only some noise is noticeable. Well done and TFS.
P.S. Your comments to my Boss are great. I will comment your comment : ) a bit later.
I'd vote for "BEE"......as these guys are important for ALL of us.
Today is Earth Day here, and a reminder that all of us are connected........and that includes all "creatures" great and small......
Lovely flower, and awesome bumblebee....!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
- [2007-04-23 8:25]
great subject matter and very appropiat for Earth Day. Good macro shot, POV colors and compos are great.
C'est un très beau cliché, avec des couleurs magnifiques et une lumière bien exploitée. Bravo pour la netteté du bourdon et des étamines de cette belle fleur aux belles couleurs.
Félicitation et au revoir...JP
Les sourires plus tard
I love the shot and the lovely headline ;-)
It's so nice to have springtime again and see all the busy insects. Thanks for sharing this cute bumble-bee,
Sabine - wishnugaruda