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HOney Bee

HOney Bee
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-18
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Casio Exilim Z40
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Bugfest, Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 20:18
Viewed: 4868
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another kind of Honey Bee! This one covered in pollen!

Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.

Honey bees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen.

Honey bees must consume about 17-20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.

Honey bees can fly up to 14 kilometers from their nest in search of food. Usually, however, they fly one or two miles away from their hive to forage on flowers.

Honey bees are entirely herbivorous when they forage for nectar and pollen but can cannibalize their own brood when stressed.

Worker honey bees live for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer but up to 6 weeks during the winter.

Honey bees are almost the only bees with hairy compound eyes.

The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.

A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.

The brain of a worker honey bee is about a cubic millimeter but has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal.

Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.

Honey has been used for millenia as a topical dressing for wounds since microbes cannot live in it. It also produces hydrogen peroxide. Honey has even been used to embalm bodies such as that of Alexander the Great.

Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term "honey moon" originated with the Norse practise of consumming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.

Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.

The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1-2 day period of mating flights.

The queen stores the sperm from these matings in her spermatheca, thus she has a lifetime supply and never mates again.

A queen bee can control the flow of sperm to fertilize an egg when she is about to lay an egg. Honey bees have an unusual genetic sex determination system known as haplodiploidy. Worker bees are produced from fertilized eggs and have a full (double) set of chromosomes. The males, or drones, develop from unfertilized eggs and are thus haploid with only a single set of chromosomes.


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Excellent photo, good POV, and great combination of colors

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-17 21:58]

Hola Estefania.- Verdaderamente me agrada esta foto, muy buenos detalles se pueden observar en esta pequeña "Abeja". Saludos Luis52.

Hi Stephanie

A very good macro shot. You have clearly shown the pollen stuck to the legs of the bee. Good low POV. Excellent result! TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-18 7:21]

Hi Stephanie.
Your honeybee is very nice and perfect reproduced. I like how you have selected POV and composed your picture. Very impressive foreground and BG. Amazing details and beautiful colours. Very good presentation of your shot and substantial note. TFS and best regards.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-18 11:51]

Hi Stehanie,
Excellent close-up with clear details,sharpness and colors.Well done.

Hi Stephanie,

Lovely composition, colours, sharpness and details
Great POV, DOF and framing

TFS Thijs

Bonjour Stéphanie!
Cette photo est trés jolie, j'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs. Belle profondeur de champ, avec un joli fond flou qui mets bien l'insecte en valeur. De bons détails également. Bien joué !

hi Stephanie
nice shot,
well composed, the colours look lovely,
nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Steph,
This is a very nice and sophisticated picture. Those colors are amazing and you caught excellent details! I love the pose of the bee and this very nice composition. I might have something to add to your notes which are very interesting. I don't know if I ever told you but is seems that bee have kind of a magnet in their body thanks makes pollen sticks to them. Nature is so well done. Thanks,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-19 9:12]

Hello Stephanie,
Wonderful close up.POV,vivid colors,details,lighting,your note and composition are exclellent.

Well done Stephanie.
Very artistic frame with nice color, POV, light and details..Not a Honey Bee, but a type of bumble bee I believe.
Have a Great Sunday today!

Nice macro. Very colorful with good exposure and sharpness.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-19 14:37]

Hi Stephanie, very colourful shot here. The composition is good and the focus is spot on. Not much to nit pick here. Well done.

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  • james (74)
  • [2006-11-19 16:00]

Superb macro. Well focused in on the bee, and the pollen on its legs. Nicely composed, although I may have offset it a tad more, but not by much.
Well done. TFS. James
p.s. I appologize for the delay in responding to your comment on my photo. I have little free time lately.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-19 19:52]

Hello Steph

A wonderful shot of this furry little bee.He looks like a tiny little teddy bear.Great details and clarity.The colours are very complimentary.Excellent details and sharpness.A very good composition.TFS


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-20 0:20]

Hi Stephanie,

Well composed macro with good colors details,the pollen are well seen,you choose POV very well,

Hi Steph,
Look like somebody got to do a messy work. Good think that this bee does not allergic to pollen. Nice to view its hairy body. Greatly captured. A bit soft on focus.

Ben Lakitan

Great note and super macro, well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-20 13:46]

Bees are incredibly difficult to capture well so you did an excellent capture of this fellow. Nice POV, sharp details and lovely colours



Hi Stephy,

What amazed me here is your focus that is right on. Good details of the bee with the pollen. Nice colors and nicelly framed.

PC :)

ssalut stephanie
effectivement le pollen leur colle dessus mais je pense que c'est parce qu'il sont gourmands et qu'ils mettent la tête le plus profond dans la fleur.
ta photo est tres reussie aussi.bravo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-21 22:06]

Hi Stephanie,
a very nice macro. It's quite the eye catcher with thaose bright colors. The details are nice and sharp and a great POV. A lovely composition.

couleurs et détails superbes, belle macro
excellent travail bravo et merci

Hi Stephanie,
An excellent composition on this honey bee. The shot is perfectly exposed and framed. Nice color saturation and sharp detail. You can really see the pollen stuck to him thanks to the intricate detail shown. Great informative notes to top it all off.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-03-19 21:11]

Hi Stephanie, great shot of this honey bee. It's nicely composed with her sitting on the daisy. Your detail is very good allowing us to see the pollen collecting on her bristles. Your notes are excellent.

Thanks, John

Excellent macro, and great note!
Also wish to add an alarming bit of news about bees! Recent reports on unusually high beekills suggest that perhaps cell phones are to blame. Are we ignorantly committing Apidae-cide?

Tfs, Jay

PS I came back with a smile ;)

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