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Bee Wolf on Rosebud

Bee Wolf on Rosebud
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 22:59
Viewed: 9311
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Friends, having nothing new to shoot these days (a cold wave is sweeping through north India at the moment), I too have dug deep this time into my archives and found a reasonably interesting picture of a Bee Wolf.
When I posted the first pictures of this insect in the summer of 2007 from Saudi Arabia, it did create a bit of controversy regarding its ID.
Anyway, here is another picture of this insect which is either Philanthus diadema or Philanthus triangulum.
Unfortunately, I lost the exif data on the picture after cleaning the hard disk of clutter.

Genus: Philanthus (bee pirates)
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Hexapoda
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocryta
Superfamily: Apoidea
Series: Spheciformes
Family: Philanthinae

Thanks for looking and best regards.

Jamesp, rcrick, mariki, ellis49, Argus, haraprasan, carper, JoseMiguel, jusninasirun, fartash, matatur, jaycee, Adanac, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-23 23:12]

Hi Ram

Lovely shot of this Bee wolf - the lighting is really good as are the colours. The detail and DOF are both really good too.



Here it has been very mild and very wet (I am told - I got back here on sunday) - lots of flooding.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-24 0:15]

Hello Ram,

This Wolf Bee look sharp, I wonder they call it wolf.
Nice composition at the flower bud, is that a rose?. Good BG green blur.

Hi Ram,
Lovely shot of this Bee Wolf, excellent detail, and beautiful colours, definitely one worth the posting, stay warm :) Cheers Rick :)

Hello Ram,

Very nice picture of this bee. Good composition. Good light and focus. Beautiful colours.

Hi Ram,
you are not alone who are digging in the archives these days,
up here is it gray and dark days.
Good close-up of the Bee wolf with fine details and good DOF.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-24 3:07]

Hello Ram,
Fine capture of a Bee Wolf on a rose bud with fine sharpness and excellent lighting. I like the up-side down composition and POV too.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one, a species of wasp that I became acquainted with through photography.
All the best, Ivan

Hi Ram,
Very nice composition and colours, the detail on the bee is astounding although perhaps the picture is a little over-sharpened for my taste. Excellent macro. Thanks.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this bee wolf. Very well composed with excellent details. Nice notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

very nice macro Ram,
good details en good capture, the dof is nice too, good photojob, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-24 4:58]

Great shot Ram!
The colours are really nice.
Sharp with excellent clarity.
Superb DOF and BG.
The eye is amazing!
Well done,

Hi Ram,
A very good capture!
I like the original POV and the pose upwards of the insect, is another way to appreciate it that works great.
Excellent details and proper lighting.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Ram,
Always brilliant.
Always sharp.
I like the details and sharpness of your macro.

Well done.


Hello Ram
Very nice shot of this Bee Wolf,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

Well Ram, obviously your archive contains some beautiful shots, that finely focused upside down Bee Wolf looks as if waiting for that bud to blossom a little! The detail of that compound eye is terrific! TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-24 9:13]

Hi Ram,the position of bee in unusual and the details (in particular od eyes) are very impressive,great great macro,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-24 9:46]

Hi Ram,

Fantastic details on this Bee. I love the way you captured him on the rose bud. Good colors and a nice background.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-24 18:58]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful close up image with splendid camera work throughout, thank you for sharing.

Hello Ram,
That is an impressive insect indeed!
The macro work is well done, sharp fine details in the insect and the fine light renders attractive colours...
A well balanced composition with dynamic lines!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-25 2:22]

Hello Ram,
This is an interesting insect that you've captured very well here showing that interesting stripy eye and other fine details. Good natural colours and a neutral background. Very well composed too
TFS and regards, Ulla

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