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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-25
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Nikon D300, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AF-S VR IF-ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-26 19:32
Viewed: 2364
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A bumble bee (also spelled as bumblebee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. There are over 250 known species, existing primarily in the Northern Hemisphere although they are common in New Zealand and in the Australian state of Tasmania.

Bumble bees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black.[1] Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula: a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).

Like their relatives the honey bees, bumble bees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumblebee

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Impressive macro Alain! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness. Beside the bee it is also very interspersing to see a Spiranthes species (Orchid) of Canada. Interesting and beautiful photo.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-26 22:04]

Bonjour Alain,
Belle macro de ce bourdon en train de butiner. Les fleurs donnent l'impression d'être recouvertes de givre. Une image très agréable au regard.

Hi Alain, Awesome macro image of this Bumble Bee, impressive detailed sharpness with good clarity, fabulous exposure/white balance with lovely subtle colours, excellent work here Alain and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-27 0:36]

Good one and very difficult to see this one resting like this. tfs.

Hello Alain,
Impressive macro of this bumble bee, very nice clear details, very good sharpness, great composition and beautiful natural colours against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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