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|A male Anthophora plumipes (a solitary bee)on the Montagne Sainte Victoire in Provence. |
Plumipes means "feathery feet" and you see why ! Only the male sports this very special structure on the middle legs.
This one was basking in the sun in a quiet spot on this very windy day of Spring 2008.
The color of A. plumipes is very variable, and I had never seen before such a dark individual.
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I cannot understand why this image is pointless. In my opinioun you have captured this bee in a wonderful close-up pose. I can also see the "feathery feet" and find it quite cute. It is very interesting to look at, and remind me of the the brushes from and old polisher that they used to buff the floors. It is a rather big bee with prominent features which stands out well. I also like the different background. We are so used to see bees on flowers or greenery. This to me is rather unique. Thanks for sharing.