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Small Bumblebee

Small Bumblebee
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 5:00
Viewed: 3357
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bombus (pascuorum?)

I decided to take the picture of this bumble bee because I found it very small, I think less than 1cm. I am not sure about the ID at all. To compare the size you can have a look to the picture of the volucella bombylans (which is supposed to be less than 2cm long) taken on a similar flower.

Sizes of this species for the queen, the male an the worker are respectively 16-18, 13-14 and 10-15 mm (source www.bumblebee.org). So, it would be a worker.

Kaszek, robindb, soccer, anel, loot, ramthakur, jrobertop, lousat, zulfu, jaycee, boreocypriensis, bahadir, Alex99, gracious, Dis. Ac., rousettus, degani has marked this note useful
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Hi Marie!
Nice photo of this cute bee. It looks fantastic on this purple flower. Composition is good, picture full of details.
Well done!

Hi Marie,

I don't know how you do it, the detail is very good. Each hair is sharp and it makes a nice image standing out from the flower petals. The bee even looks busy. Well Done



Well composed pic of the subject. It is sharp and detailed. The composition is good as well as your Lighting. The POV, DOF and BG make a wondeful pic.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-03 5:26]

Bonjour Marie Christine,
Voilà un eye-catcher, comme disent nos amis anglophones. J'ai déjà vu cette espèce et je me demandais toujours si c'était une abeille ou un bourdon. Image très vibrante, bonne construction de l'image aussi. Ta récolte bretonne fût bonne!! (On dit que les Bretons et les Valaisans se ressemblent)
Bon après-midi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 6:16]

Hi Marie

A fabulous macro of the little bumble bee. Such lovely sharp details of the bee and intense colours especially of the flower. Thinking about the size makes the sharp details even more impressive. I also like the composition with the flower running through the image at an almost diagonal angle.

Very well done and TFS.

The little fellow is smeared in pollen.
Looks so cute!
Very good macro with sharp details and nice natural colours.

Hi Marie Christine.
Great picture!
Excellent combination chromatic.
A beautiful composition.
Congratulations by wonderful work!
José Roberto

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-03 12:46]

Hi Marie,

A wonderful shot of this cute little bee looking very coy. He picked the perfect flower to show him off. Lovely colors, details and textures. Actually I would rather see one in a picture like this than in my yard.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-03 12:47]

Hello Mariki, wonderful close-up shot of this Bombus. Greta details and natural colours.
TFS and regards,

Hi my dear friend Marie, an excellent shot of this Bombus with great details, POV/DOF and compositon!
Many thanks sharing this beauty.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-09-03 20:42]

Hello Marie,
Fantastic capture, this is a great POV. You composed very well
and the image is sharp and colorful.. Well done!
Ps.. Nice to see your photos again after being gone for a


Hello Mariki, good close up of a Bombus. Wonderful details and sharpness. TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-04 4:22]

Ooooooh! Mais quelle beaute' et quelle qualite'!!! Les bombus sont toujours en mouvement,c'est tres tres difficile avoir une photo avec des details si parfaits,aussi le fleur avec son fantastique couleur est un grande spectacle! Vraiment un gran travail,mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-04 7:24]

Hello Marie,
Outstanding image, what a beauty to behold, thank you for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-04 9:09]

Hi Marie.
Wonderful close-up of a very beautiful scene. Both flower and bee are fine. I like crisp sharp of the insect image, wonderful lights and colours. POV and framing also are superb. Well done and kind regards.

Bonjour Marie,
Excellent macro with a good closeup on the bee!
you had the best exposure and focus here in good sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details
well done and TFS

Hi Marie,

good detailed macro shot with beautiful natural colours.
I know nothing at all from insects so I can't help you to verify with the ID.


Ciao Mariki, lovely bumblebee on a beautiful flower with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-06 12:29]

Bonjour Marie! Superbe macro, incroyable pdc et détails hyper nets! Bravo pour cette image fantastique!


Hello Marie
I cant help for identification of Bombus, but this is very nice macro-shot. focus, POV and lighting great. but purple flowers also great for composition. Thanks for sharing, best wishes,

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-09-07 11:28]

hi Marie Christine,
you give us anothe beautiful picture very well composed with great colours and interesting little busy insect, brava
kind regards

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