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Looong-horned bee

Looong-horned bee
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/242 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 4:47
Viewed: 3438
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The long horned bee is a name invented by me. The reason is simple - I have no idea what is it :-)

I've never before seen a bee with such a long horns. I made some search in internet, but didn't find anything clear enough to be sure of any ID.

The closest one can be a Digger bee (Eucerini).

Digger bees are the only bees with so long horns I managed to find.
These are quite hairy bees, what also suits mine, and the males of this group typically have very long antenna.

The other thing that match this ID is the fact I found my bee on the vegetation very near ground and the Digger bees are nesting in vertical burrows in flat ground. Of course that can be just an accident :-)

Anyway, here I tried to capture a kind of portrait concentrating only on bee's head and it's distinctive horns.


Thanks to Lukasz I can update the note.
So, these fellow is probably a male of Eucera longicornis, so it seems I was right that it's a Digger bee.

Some interesting facts about these bees?

Males emerge quite early in Spring and have to wait for their ladies even for a month because females usually emerge later than males. Their long hornes are covered with smell receptors. As you may guess having such long hornes means having many receptors and a very good sense of smell. They need to find a female just after she emerge, before any other male will do it.

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Hello Monika,
this is a very fine macro shot. Excellent details and good tones of colours. A great capture, very well done. TFS.


This is a great pic with excellent Comp, DOF, BG, Sharpness, detail and an unbelievable POV. Keep up the excellent work! TFS,

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  • gari Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 11] (149)
  • [2006-05-18 5:28]

Hola Monika.Buen primer plano y enfoque.El POV,excelente.Felicidades.Saludos.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-18 5:36]

Monika, I love your Looong-horned bee, what a super composition and POV. He's looking right at you too, posing, it is a beautiful portrait.
11/10 points from me to yooooou...

Hello Monika,
Very attractive picture. Superb quality. TFS

Great portrait of this bee! Amazing species with superb pov again. Shallow dof is worked wonderful here! so bg is wonderful too. I like all the frame a lot.

Superb portrait, Monika! I just can't stop myself admiring it.
What a fantastic POV, DOF and sharpness! I feel as if this fellow is going to hop on to my face next.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

Witaj Moniko!
Wydaje mi sie, ze to Eucera longicornis. Kornutka dlugoczulkowa. Bardzo rzadki okaz podobno. Ale Ty go znalazlas :) Swietne zdjecie. Bardzo dobra kompozycja i tlo. Brawo!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-05-18 6:43]

wow! great close-up. amazing details, focus, colors. nice supporting note. very well presented. tfs

Hi Monika,
Excellent macro,
I really like the face to face POV you have here. Beautiful saturated colors and tack sharp detail. In a stare down contest, I don't think this guy will blink first. Looks great!

Hi Monika, another excellent close up you have capture, Perfct colors, Bg, pov, Deatl are crisp, Great work, TFS kyle

Hi Monika,
This is an excellent head shot!
Perfect DOF, color, detail, and exposure.
Bg is very nice, as well as the comp.
Very well done!!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-18 8:41]

Hello Monika,
very nice close up of this bug. Love the POV and colors. Lovely sharp details, well presented.

bonjour monika
une tel qualité de photo avec ce genre d'appareil,c'est remaquable.couleurs netteté et details impeccables.

Hi Monika,
I like this very much.
Your usage of shallow DOF is good - it is spot on the insect's head and created a very nice and soft area around the insect.
I am not sure but the image looks just a bit too dark, might be worth to try increasing the exposure or changing the levels a bit.
TFS - Shir

Blimey, great shot! An excellent composition with stunning detail. As well as this being an excellent macro it also has a really great feel to it, think it's probably the strong colours. Thanks for posting :-)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-18 10:30]

What a stunning POV and excellent capture. I love the little 'fingers' at the front of the leaf.

great detail.



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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-05-18 12:47]

Hi Monika,

A stunning head on encounter with this wee beastie. Great POV, composition and good control over DOF.


Regards, Mark.

Hi Monika,
beautiful shot, I love the sharpness of the face and antennas against the soft background. A perfect 3D-effect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

KAPITALNE zdjecie!!! Piekny okaz, GO, kadr, kolory i ostrosc.
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

HI Monika, I wish I had taken this one to include it in my mutual curiosity series :)
Excellent POV and very nice DOF too with great saturated colour. A nice work, very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-18 16:57]

Hello Monika!
Excellent close up.It,s crisp clear and razorsharp.Exposure is spot on.I liked lighting,framing and composition also a lot.TFS...:-)

Hello Monika,
The buzz is all about you today with this post. Incredible sharpness and Depth exhibited in this photo. Beautiful colors and PoV...............



Pozdrowka :-)

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-05-19 8:39]

Hi Monice,
Your selection of Dof works well here. I loved the way you include the antenneas to the depth of field.
Good composition with sharp details.
Good work.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-05-19 9:11]
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Privet Monika.
2.8? It is very healthy it has turned out!! Anything superfluous. Pleasant for eyes and a qualitative macrophoto.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-05-19 16:35]

Hi Monika,

Beautiful portrait and well done on the composition and details. Excellent work.


Bonjour Monika
Une merveilleuse photo que cette Jolie longue corne.Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Deeno Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (110)
  • [2006-05-20 5:20]

Niesamowite spojerzenie. Grozny jak Straznik Texasu ;)
Swietne zdjecie. Podobaja mi sie te ostre czulki.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-20 6:54]

Hi Monika,
Greetings from Transylvania! Wow, fantastic shot. I've never seen this bee before either, very unusual. Perfect shot, excellent POV and DOF. Beautiful colours also, nice and sharp, excellent!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-21 13:33]

Hi Monika!
Something new :-) Great POV, face to face portrait, long horns, sharp, clear and big eyes. Focus is spot on, BG blurred. Another perfect photo. And I apprieciate my friend's Lukasz work with ID :-)

Awesome front portrait of this 'Long Horned' Bee or whatever it is. The subject looks great centered, it also has a fantastic DOF which emphasizes on the front of the insect with its cool long slender antennae. Perfect lighting. Well done Monika. :)

Hi Monika,
you have developed a typical very recognisable style in your pictures, just looking at the pic at a glance and I thought this must be Monika's. Great capture with huge visual impact.
Good control of DOF with the head sharp and the BG nicely blurred. The viewer is focused on the head with the prominent excellently sharp "horns", and the tip of the leaf the bee is sitting on. The V-shape of the horns and the leaf tip nicely repeat, as do the 3 dots of eyes and front part and the three yellow dots in the BG.
Colours are wonderful too, with the yellow-black colours of the bee infront of the nice fresh green of the BG.
Very intesting as well, I have never seen such a bee before. If it is E. longicornis (long horn), you were right on track with your suggested English name.
Excellent post!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-23 17:35]

Hi Monika.

Woderful macro, excellent capture, great and deep colors,magnific details, very nice composition, I like your point of view and the satured color, is a great photo.


Hi Monika

Wow... this is a stunning macro. Excellent POV, so clear too. Well done. Fantastic effort with superb quality.

Swietny portret. Ostry szczegol, dobre tlo. Swietne, rozproszone swiatlo.

Witam ponownie! :)
Kolejne super macro i zarazem porter blonkowki! :) Swietna robota!
Duza glebia ostrosci, ciekawy punkt widzenia i rewelacyjny efekt murowany :)
Duze brawa takze za profesjonalne podejscie do opisu fotki (czy raczej fotek w ogole), nieczesto sie to zdarza :)
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i.. wroce tu wkrotce ponownie ;)

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