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Copyright: Pat Diederen (Patleboss) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 566 W: 14 N: 1085] (5950)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-27 12:01
Viewed: 3938
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bonjour mes amis, je ne poste pas cette photo pour ces qualités techniques (car je sais bien que je suis trop juste en profondeur de champs), mais parce que je trouve étonnant et inquiétant de voir ses acariens parasites sur ce bourdon, en effet à cause de l'hiver particulièrement doux, ces parasites font des ravages énormes dans nos ruches, les apiculteurs se plaignent de pertes allant jusqu'à 40% de leurs abeilles

Nikon D300
ouverture: 3,5
vistesse: 1/1000
Iso: 500
Flash: oui
Trepied: non

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-27 12:09]

Hello Pat,
you clearly show very sharp what one can often observe, ticks sucking a bumble bee!
It is not easy to present the parasites in a suitable way. However, you managed well.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-02-27 12:16]


You show awesome detail and sharpness in your pic. What an interesting subject. I really appreciate you sharing this today.


Hola Pat.
Genial macro y estupenda nitidez.
Buena nota.
Un saludo, JL.

Very nice lesson plan for a teaching tool, along with super image as well...you have the whole process covered nicely.

Most interesting.
I posted what I think it is the same arachnid HERE, but if you read the note, you will see that what I found about Parasitellus differs from your note very much. I am sure that if "les apiculteurs" say that this are harmfull, they will be right :)
Your photo is much better than mine, I wish I had such a magnification, with this level of detail by then.
Thanks very much, nice TN stuff.

Salut Patt,
Entre le réchauffement climatique, les graines enrobées, les traitements, il ne dfait pas bon être une abeille à notre époque, et on ne va pas tarder à regretter dûrement leur disparition. Tout cela me fait penser à une chanson de Ridan: Elle pleure, elle pleure,
Elle pleure ma planète !
Elle sent que sa fin est proche
Et ça la rend folle !
Dites-leur, dites-leur,
Dites-leur qu'ils sont fous !
La Terre en a ras le bol comme nous
chanson et clip sur http://www.paroles.net/chanson/53799.1
Merci pour cette photo.

Bonsoir Pat,
Terrible ces parasites! Je n'avais jamais vu cela. Une photo vraiment impressionnante. Est-ce l'effet du réchauffement climatique qui amène ces acariens?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-27 14:11]

Hi Pat

What an extraordinary find from you!
It’s very interesting to see o clearly so many parasites on this bee...what a fantastic macro!
The sharpness of your shot is impeccable and the close-up of the very small acarians is amazing! WOW! Such magnification!
Very well seen and captured...a truly unique photo on TN!

Bravo and Thank you for sharing this with us!

Hi Pat,
Amazing picture with amazing detail, stunning colours and the insert really highlights these parasites on the Bee, incredible shot, well captured and presented, Best wishes Rick :)

salut Pat

moi n'étant pas doué pour faire des macrophoto
je trouve superbe ta composition et comme je t'es écris
(répondu à ta dernière critique de ma photo barred owl)
j'aimes beaucoup les photographies dont les couleurs
ont une forte densité, c'est le cas avec ta photo
et en plusss avec une belle luminosité, TFS



Hola Pat : un gran documento de este parásito tan dañino en las abejas, plasmado además con gran practicidad y arte. Excelentes colores y detalles del insecto, así como el apartado aparte de los ácaros.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-27 17:22]

Très franchement, cette macro est superbe même si le champ de profondeur n'est pas plus "grand"... c'est photographié de si près, avec tant de détails et en plus, la macro est vraiment très belle. Bravo Pat, surtout que les fleurs se fondent en un arrière-plan flou, quelles belles couleurs. Et puis, très intéressant cette histoire de parasites, plutôt impressionnant. Ce qu'ils sont petits ces insectes. Merci pour tout!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-27 17:30]

Hello Pat,
Very nice capture, beautiful macro I'm very impressed
with the thicks on the bee, they must be so tiny
Very nice composition.. Well done


Bonjour Pat,
Looks like you are pretty happy with your D300 friend!
very good and fine macro with such closeness!
even the parasite also in great details, just amazing!
great job well done, Pat!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-27 22:48]

Hi. Internet has been down all day just marking this great picture,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-27 23:08]

Bonjour Pat,
This one is also very nice. I liked the colors, focus, sharpness and the details. Merci

Bonsoir Pat,

J'ai vu la même chose il y a quelques jours. Le bourdon était en train de mourir. Même si c'est dommage pour ce bourdon, c'est une photo très réussie. Bonne netteté et très belles couleurs.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-28 2:56]

Wow! What incredibly good image quality! I don't think there's a single speck of noise here!
Shame about the poor bee with it's annoying parasites :-(
I love the super-shallow DOF and completely blurred BG.
Vibrent colours and perfect lighting.
Superb image.
Very well done,


Ciao Pat,
un'immagine davvero interessante e didattica.
Mi piace molto il riquadro in alto a sinistra, dove mostri, perfettamente a fuoco, i piccoli acari sul corpo del Bombus.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-28 4:21]

Salut Pat!

What a great shot, documentative and eductaional as well as beautiful. It's very interesting to see these Bee's doing what they do best here. Even the detail of those horrible looking parasites is excellent. I love the colours of the flowers and the clarity is exceptional - very well done my friend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 7:54]

Hi Pat,

An amazing macro of this bee with the parasites on him. The inset is spectacular. Nothing at all wrong with your techniques - the clarity is wonderful. A truly fascinating shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-28 10:26]

Hello Pat,
What a splendid illustration of this Bumble Bee being infested with parasites. Sad to see but interesting. Excellent sharpness, fine colours and very well presented.
Many thanks, Ulla

Bellissima immagine, non sempre è importante per trasmettere qualcosa che tutto sia a fuoco. Splendidi colori. Ciao Maurizio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-28 20:55]

Pat, Very good shot of this and also tried to show the image in collage. Interesting shot. Ganesh

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-28 21:36]

Hello Pat,
Very nice macro shot, superp details and good POV.
I like the lovely colours too.
Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-29 8:18]

Bonjour Pat, inquiétant en effet, j'ai entendu parler de ces problèmes dans les ruches. Ta photo nous montre vraiment bien l'étendu du problème. Bravo et merci, je la trouve géniale moi ta macro.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-29 8:45]

Hi Pat,
Good presentation of these parasites!
Beautiful macro!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-29 10:42]

Hi Pat

What an amazing shot. It is wonderfully sharp and amazingly detailed. I love the way you have shown us the stowaways. Beautiful colour and lovely POV as well



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-29 20:25]

Hello Pat

Excellent POV and DOF.
The close up is wonderful,the parasites show with amazing clarity as well.
Very well illuminated with vibrant colours.
Well composed with a very informative inset photo too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-01 0:47]

Hi Pat,
Wonderful macro shot with amazing details and lovely saturated colours. The parasites sucking it's blood are perfectly portrayed as a inset. Great documentary shot. I remember I had also posted a dragonfly which had parasites all over sometime back. Excellent lighting, POV and composition. Kudos.

Bonjour pat
Très belle macro, belle netteté, lumière et couleurs, notes très informative, bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hello Pat,

Your shot really troubled me!
Is there nothing that can be done to rid the hives of these parasites! I have the greatest respect for the hard-working bees which carry on working hard despite their infection!

Your shot is very sharp and detailed! I congratulate you on your skill!

Kind regards,

en effet très inquiétant ces acariens,mais je ne veu pas m'étendre sur le sujet du réchauffement ici(on en discute ensemble assez régulièrement).Je trouve ce petit montage plutot sympa et la profondeur de champ trop "limite "selon toi,ben moi je trouve ça donne u petit plus à la compo(c'est juste mon avis)et je dis bien joué!!

Coucou Pat,très impressionante macro,c'est effectivement inquiètant de voir des parasite sur ce bourdon à cette époque ,j'aime beaucoup la compo et les couleurs,bravo.

Hello Pat!
This is not only a great macro because of fantastic details on Bombus species, but because of the mites! It is really something species and very unique! Especially among Hymenoptera - I really think that this is the first and only onle example here on TN!
By the way, if you are interested in other insect with mites on their bodies, please feel free to see my pictures of robber fly and dragonfly :>
Thank you for showing this very interesting entomological macro!
Best greetings,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-08 0:27]

Hi Pat.
I have read your note with great interest and sadness. Pictured scene is so anxious. DOF is really shallow but crop is huge. My best wishes and TFS.

Great interest Pat, I've not seen this before..Very well documented.
Nice idea to present it this way, excellent details in the extreme closeup of the parasites. Nice color, light, and the POV in the full frame to show those parasites also.

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