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European Carpenter Bee (male)

European Carpenter Bee (male)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, RAW ISO 400
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-29 5:11
Viewed: 5852
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
reposted version. more colder WB, more contrast ... and other.
Xylocopa violacea (lat.) // male European Carpenter Bee (en.) // mascul Albina Dulgher violacee (ro.)

These bees have powerful mandibles (jaws) that can dig tunnels in wood. Xylocopa violacea (below), a huge (20-23 mm long), black bee found in central and southern Europe nests in dead wood and digs a tunnel up to 30 cm long containing 10-15 cells. This bee holds the record for laying the largest egg of any insect.

Only the female can sting but will do so only if directly provoked. The male just buzzes about, guards the nest and looks after the female.
They prefer untreated soft wood to bore rather large holes. As these tend to be near the surface structural damage is unlikely.

They tend to visit anything that faintly represents a flower and thus I well believe that they are great pollinators. But they do take short cuts. They do rob nectar! As they are rather large - up to 2cm - they simply can’t squeeze into any available flower. Now they do not waste any opportunity and bite a small hole near the stem so they can reach the nectar from outside.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-29 5:37]

Foarte fain prezetata, detalii de exceptie si culori superbe.

Hello Anghel
the focusing on the Xylocopa is perfect. Excellent the composition of colors that give a great contrast between the little insect and the flower with fine details and optimal game of light.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-04-29 6:32]

Hi Anghel

great capture and fantastic sharpness!
the details of the bee body is awesome.
good light and POV, as the DOF everything in the bee is with good focus...



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-29 10:46]

Hello Anghel,
Beautiful macro, very well framed and composed. The pollen covering the bee's body is fascinating.. Well done


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-04-29 11:41]

Putine fotografii, dar de calitate! Felicitari pentru aceasta realizare!
Cu multumiri,

Hello Anghel,

Splendid photo.
Fantastic capture with beautiful colours and excellents details.
Light, focus and sharpness are superb.
Good notes.

Super macro of a Carpenter Bee.
The details and colours in this composition are flawless.

hello Anghel
I have expressed itself again for your collection,
here we have a coexistence from clarity colour and light in big levels of quality,a fine composition and finaly a wonderful macro photo

Hello Anghel,
great macro. I like this beautiful insect, composition, colors, sharpness, BG.

TFS, best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-06-04 15:38]

Hola Angel. (Your name in Spanish)
What can I say about this Macro?
"Excellent" Super fine details and sharpness 10/10
TFS My friend.
Saludos From Mexico.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-04 23:59]

Hi Anghel,
Outstanding macro image with such immaculate sharpness, clarity and colours. The bee is in a superb pose and are those pollens all over its body? Simply picture perfect. Excellent light, POV, DOF and composition. Kudos.

hello Anghel
Great composition
super sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hola Anghel,
Excelente macro de bonita composición con gran nitidez y detalle, saludos
José Ramón

BUna, excelente detalii, sharp,fundal, toate. Bravo, Istvan

wow, a really great sharpness and detail for this nice Xilocopa. So good light too.

great job !


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