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BumbleBee on the Marigold

BumbleBee on the Marigold
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 DG Macro EX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 2:08
Viewed: 4985
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bumble Bees

There were quite a few bumble bees visiting the flowers at a garden centre I was visiting. Here is one on a marigold flower.

Bumble bees were first introduced to New Zealand in 1873 from England but didn't become established. The first successful importation was to Christchurch in 1885 from where bumble bees gradually spread.

Bumble bees are good at pollinating crops such as lucerne and red clover.

There are four species of bumble bees here: Bombus hortorum, Bombus, Bombus ruderatus and Bombus terrestris which are widely spread and Bombus subterraneus which is confined to the South Island.

All live in relative primitive colonies which break up in winter with only the hibernating queens surviving the season.

The bumble is easier natured than most honey bees and its sting is not left in the wound of a victim.

Various sources: Sunday Star Times, New Zealand Encyclopedia, The Internet

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hello Janice
beautiful composition
full of colours
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-11 5:12]

Hi Janice,
Very nice colourful macro shot.Lighting,sharpness,visual impact and details on bumblebee are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,
A nice capture of this beautiful bumble bee. Very well composed with the beautiful marigold flower. Superb sharp details and a very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Janice,not easy to take so perfectly this insects,i know that,they are always in mouvement! Great quality of sharpness and colors,my best compliments,Luciano

A beautiful composition in balanced floral and faunal elements Janice, the contrasty and richly saturated colours also make this a superb capture in fine exposure and sharp focus. TFS indeed my friend!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-11 9:24]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful photo in clear and well saturated colours. Excellent sharp details and a very nice composition. Good DOF and POV.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-03-11 14:22]

Very nice picture, Janice. I like colors and sharp details very much.

Hi Janice,

Wow, I love my new laptop its a Qosmio 1080p full HD (what ever that meens) and you know why, because this image is leaping of the screen, wish you could see it, ;) just stunning. Amazing colour excellent detail, really well framed and composed, superb shot.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-12 7:39]

HI Janice
Nice Macro.Very sharp image with great detail.I lik the water drop on the flower.Colors are also excellent.Godd text to.
TFS Michel


OK you have done it again.

I love this picture and I will tell you why. I like shooting Bee's so I was drawn to this picture, but it was the drop of water on the lower left pedal the made the picture for me. You show the bee hard at work and the water drop enjoying it's last few minutes in the sun.

Very nice - Bob

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