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Honey Bee - Spring has come!

Honey Bee - Spring has come!
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 90mm macro
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 1:23
Viewed: 7186
Points: 18
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Dear all,

this photo was taken last Sunday during a tour to the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden in Hong Kong. http://www.kfbg.org.hk/

I hope you'd like this photo of honey bee in the season of Spring : )

I look forward to any comments and pointers for improvement. thanks a lot!

have a nice day!!

Man Yee

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognized species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies (Engel, 1999) though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognized. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.

Honey bees as a group appear to have their center of origin in South and Southeast Asia (including the Philippines), as all but one of the extant species are native to that region, notably the most plesiomorphic living species (Apis florea and A. andreniformis). The first Apis bees appear in the fossil record at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, in European deposits dating about 35 million years ago. The origin of these prehistoric honey bees does not necessarily indicate that Europe is where the genus originated, only that it occurred there at that time. There are few known fossil deposits in the suspected region of honeybee origin, and fewer still have been thoroughly studied; moreover, the tropical conditions are generally not ideal for fossilization of small land animals.

The close relatives of modern honey bees - e.g. bumblebees and stingless bees - are also social to some degree, and thus social behavior seems a plesiomorphic trait that predates the origin of the genus. Among the extant members of Apis, the more basal species make single, exposed combs, while the more recently-evolved species nest in cavities and have multiple combs, which has greatly facilitated their domestication.

Most species have historically been cultured or at least exploited for honey and beeswax by humans indigenous to their native ranges. Only two of these species have been truly domesticated, one (Apis mellifera) at least since the time of the building of the Egyptian pyramids, and only that species has been moved extensively beyond its native range.

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Hello Man Yee,
what a wonderful macro shot of Honey bee taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness, i like the very nice composition with the flower against a splendid soft BG, very well done.
Best regards

Hi Man Yee

I like your simple and so pleasant picture very much. The colours are vernal and so joyful. The slightly diagonal composition is well seen and the bee is sharp and clear. I also like the fact that you show the entire flower. This gives a real impression of the dimensions.

Kind regards

M. Peissard

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-04-09 1:53]

Hi Man Yee!,

I like the shallow depth of field that emphasis the bee and centre part of flower.
Nice spring colours!.

A delightfully simple close up with very limited DOF which isolates the subjects nicely Man Yee, still, the balance between the feunal and floral elements is very pleasing for the eye, TFS indeed my friend!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-04-09 5:56]

Hello Man Yee,

I am very glad you are back on TN. This means you have pased your exams and must be a doctor now. Congratulations!

Sorry for missing your earlyer posts. It was this nice close-up that drew my attention. I like the delicate color tones of the photo and the nice way colors matches togeters. The image quality is very good showing excelent details on both insect and flower. The overall atmosphere of the photo is very nice.


Ciao Man Yee, lovely busy bee on a splendid flower, wonderful colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Man Yee,
La foto es simple y hermosa!
Me gusta!

Hello Man Yee,
a pretty good close-up picture of a honey bee.
The insect is sharp with fine details but I think you had add little to much softness around the flower.
It's well composed with good POV and nice natural colours.
Well done.

hello Man Yee

excellent macro photo of the Honey Bee, with fine POV & DOF,
superb focus with great sharpness and details, TFS


Man Yee, or My Wong, whichever name suits:

Great close up. If you have software that will enhance the sharpness of your photos I suggest you use it whenever applicable, such as on this one.

Regards, JGoff, Louisville, KY

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