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Carpenter Bee 2

Carpenter Bee 2
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Copyright: boedy soesanto (boedy) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 13] (201)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-15 22:29
Viewed: 1986
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in March 2014, at Bogor, Indonesia,about 40 km from Jakarta. I used my 90mm macro lens on handheld.
People who complain about bumblebees flying about under the eaves of their homes are probably being annoyed by carpenter bees. Bumblebees are large social bees 1/2 to 1 inch long, with black and yellow or, rarely, black and orange body markings. Their nests are underground and they spend most of their time traveling between the nest and the flowers from which they obtain food.

Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees in both size and appearance, but are not social insects. They construct their nests in trees or in frame buildings. Most of the top of the abdomen of carpenter bees is without hairs and is shiny black in color. By contrast, the abdomen of bumblebees is fully clothed with hairs, many of them yellow in color. If you see a number of large bees hovering near the eaves of the house or drilling in wood, you have carpenter bees.(PSU)

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Hello Boedy,
Nice macro of this inflight bee with good details.

Deceptively simple photo, but so hard to get it so sharp. I like the addition of the red Boungainvillea. Maybe cropping out the top of the photo would put the bee a bit more off the centre plane. Well done.

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