|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date Taken: 2009-08-06|
|Exposure: f/2.7, 1/60 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 12:37|
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|I have clean forgotten about this photo I took of the bees one afternoon while walking my Spaniel. This was mid 2009 when I just started dong photography. We were approaching a park and I was walking on the pavement on the right hand side of the road. My dog still a young pup was very inquisitive and he was smelling at everything when he suddenly winched after smelling a dark patch on the ground. I inspected the patch only to find all these bees moving around very slowly I might add on one heap. Now knowing how dangerous they can be I was very weary and did not go too near. Fortunately for Flaffy they did not sting him. I rushed home as I was not far from it to get the camera. When I got there they were still on the same spot and it almost looked if they were drugged. I took some real close ups without one sting. The next day I went back and they were still on the same spot. I checked it for about 4 days until they were finally gone. Maybe someone on TN can declare it for me as I know very little about bees other than that they can sting you and that they are dangerous, specially if you are allergic to bee stings.|
The African honey bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) is a subspecies of the Western honey bee. It is native to central and southern Africa, though at the southern extreme it is replaced by the Cape honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis.
This subspecies has been determined to constitute one part of the ancestry of the Africanized bees (AKA "killer bees") spreading through the Americas.
The African bee is being threatened by the introduction of the Cape honey bee into northern South Africa. If a female worker from a Cape honey bee colony enters an African bee nest, they are not attacked, partly due to their resemblance to the African bee queen. Now independent from her own colony, she may begin laying eggs, and since A.m. capensis workers are capable of parthenogenetic reproduction, they will hatch as "clones" of herself, which will also lay eggs. As a result the parasitic A. m. capensis workers increase in number within a host colony. This leads to the death of the host colony on which they depend. An important factor causing the death of a colony seems to be the dwindling numbers of A. m. scutellata workers that perform foraging duties (A. m. capensis workers are greatly under-represented in the foraging force of an infected colony) owing to death of the queen, and, before queen death, competition for egg laying between A. m. capensis workers and the queen. When the colony dies, the capensis females will seek out a new host colony.
A single African bee sting is no more venomous than a single European bee sting, though African honeybees respond more quickly when disturbed than do EHBs. They send out three to four times as many workers in response to a threat. They will also pursue an intruder for a greater distance from the hive. Although people have died as a result of 100-300 stings, it has been estimated that the average lethal dose for an adult is 500-1,100 bee stings.
Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia.
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- [2010-03-26 13:46]
Wonderful capture with this Apis mellifera scutellata.
Work for this little bees is very hard.
- [2010-03-26 13:57]
excellent shot and very good composition of this bees nice pov and bg with very good colours. Well done ! Best regards Siggi
Thank you for shearing the story behind that photo.It may have some sentimental value for you, but as a photograph deserve some critics.I can not describe it as a Excellent shot for the following reason: Photo not sharp enough! Use the creativity settings on your camera rather than AUTO or PROGRAME mode.This can give you control over Aperture or Shutter speed values.Or push the ISO to higher number like ISO200,320,400 or even640!This will help improving clarity of the photo due to higher Shutter Speed.If however you want to show some kind of movement or action in motion hold the camera very steady when you taking the picture with lower Shutter Speed Settings.Enjoy your Camera and Keep on Practising!
- [2010-03-28 11:41]
a super shot!
Excellent colors, a fantastic composition.
I think you have a very beautiful and interesting photo archive. Who knows what other beautiful pictures are more "hidden" in there!
Ciao Natley, good idea and lovely composition with a mlot of bees, but george is right, try again with more ISO to take more fasta shutter speed my friend, ciao Silvio