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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 10:08
Viewed: 2738
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bee-wolf, Philanthus triangulum
Swedish name: Bivarg

This was taken at a sandy area on the island of Öland known for its special insect species.
This is a female hovering while looking for site to dig her burrow. A photo showing her about to start digging is shown in the WORKSHOP.

The males spend their time on flowers, both to feed on pollen and nectar and to wait for a female that is looking for bees. Not only does she paralyse a bee to feed her larvae, she also catches honey bees, bites off their heads and feeds on their juices and the nectar they bear to provide her with nourishment.

This species is found in most of Europe where there are sandy soils. It is not common in Sweden, being found mainly on the islands of Öland and Gotland and some sandy localities in the south of the mainland.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 40cm with the camera hand-held. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened

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Hello Ivan,
An outstanding capture of the motion with great perfections,excellent clarity,sharpness and exposure.
Thanks and my regards,

Hi Ivan,
I like this bee. Excellent point of view. I like the dynamism of the photo.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ivan
Superb photo, incredible shot.
Perfectly frozen, great detail, brilliant light, good point of view.
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-16 10:59]

Hello Ivan,
Impressive macro of this Bee-wolf in superb sharpness and details. Splendid light, colours and a nice diagonal composition.

Ciao Ivan, great capture of fantastic in-flight bee, amazing details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-02-16 13:08]

Hi Ivan
extraordinary macro shot of a flying predator

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-16 15:33]

Hi Ivan,the top of difficulty and a great result,i dream to do the same one day,very very well done!!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ivan
WOW Fantastic in flight capture of this Bee-wolf. You just about froze the complete wing. Super clarity and detail. Wonder colour and BG. A special photo Ivan.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

照的很漂亮 在這困難的飛行速度中
也可以看的清楚 真是太不簡單了

Hello Ivan,
this is an outstanding picture.
this is not an easy task to capture an insect when it is flying, but you did it.
outstanding clarity, composition and colour.
best wishes,

Hello Ivan

Excellent macro of this bee in hovering flight,
very fine POV with a little bit from above
and being framed diagonally in the image
it gives dynamism to the image, with that POV
we also see form of the bee and it patterns,
with great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-02-16 21:05]

Amazing in-flight capture, Ivan!

Very interesting note and excellent pix.

Have a lovely Sunday!


Reminds me of my days in Riyadh where I had seen and photographed a Bee Wolf for the first and last time, Ivan.
This is a brilliant capture of one in flight. The subject is frozen mid-air with excellent focus and precise details on it.
Thanks also for your kind words on my 1500th post.

Hello Mr.Ivan,
Word or a few sentences are not enough for this picture.This type of picture is a dream shot to the photographer.To capture such picture needs perfect equipments and also skill which we are watching here.
Beautiful and excellent flying picture with prominent sharpness and colour adjustment.Excellent!!!
Thanks for your valuable advice in my picture.I will try my best to follow your advice.

Kind regards and respect,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-17 0:58]

Hello Ivan
wow...what a shot. Capturing the inflight subject is difficult. You really shows wonder here, with the sharpness and details so sharp.
What an exciting presentation.
Simply fabulous.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-17 5:09]

Bonjour Ivan,
Félicitations pour cette image totalement réussie et pas facile à réaliser. Une image lumineuse avec une parfaite netteté et des couleurs fines. Bravo!
Bon dimanche à vous deux

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-17 6:14]

Hand held, oh that's great..beautiful species captured in flight..fine composition and colors. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Superbe capture, réussie sur tous les plans.
Bravo et salutations.

Amazing in flight photo Ivan! The sharpness is impressive!! Excellent composition and fantastic colours too!!

This is great Ivan! The perfect time. Razor details impressive colour results.


Hello Ivan,
A macro shot with immaculate qualities. I cannot find any better words to describe this photograph! Excellent my friend.
Best regards,

Wow, such a sharp flight pic!

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-18 5:51]

Hi Ivan,
what an amazing photo, wonderful details, lovely natural colors, composition, lighting !
Well done !
Best regards !

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-18 6:41]

Hej Ivan,
Impressive macro ..
Excellent capture, perfect sharpness and nice natural colours.
Best wisehs,

hallo Ivan
i like this picture with good details and beautiful colours
the sharpness is super good
thanks greeting lou

Dear Ivan,
perfectly well detailed, pleasantly lighted and amazingy well frozen inflight capture of a bee-wolf hovering over the ground. Very skilful and valuable snapshot report on behaviour that is not seen very often, and noticed only be the ones who know what to look after and to look for. My congratulations. Thank you for sharing!
With best regards,

Hello Ivan.
This is such a fine in flight capture with so much details with this fine macro glass. I like the sharpness throughout the whole body with fine silenced background making the image pops.
Thanks and have a great WE.

Hi Ivan,
This is a top class picture , i know for sure the kind of effort that is required to get an image like this and with this quality .. it speaks a lot about your skills amazing.

PS: How are you and i hope Ulla is also doing well convey my regards.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-11-05 13:16]

Hi Ivan!
I love the wing position in this shot! So dynamic!
Beautiful colors and super sharp details of this bee in flight.
How have you been, my friend?

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