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Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bees, Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 17:15
Viewed: 2607
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carpenter Bee-female
Genus: Xylocopa

There are about 500 species of Carpenter Bee worldwide

The Carpenter Bee

Another photo from Sundance Garden. Carpenter bees are non-aggressive and the female will sting only if threatened, the male worker doesn't have a stinger. Unlike the Honeybee, whose barbed stinker remains implanted in it's victim, the female Carpenter bee is capable of stinging multiple times. They get the name "Carpenter Bee" because of the habit of nesting primarily in rotting timber or wood. Carpenter bees use bits of wood to build the cell walls of the nest. Mothers and daughters often build nests side-by-side. The Carpenter bee will slit the sides of trumpet like flowers with deep corollas to gain access to the nectar. Although often mistaken for a Bumblebee, the Carpenter bee's abdomen is shiny black and hairless while the Bumblebee's abdomen is completely covered with dense black and yellow hair.

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Mostly Sunny/Mid-Day
f/stop: 4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 283mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 732 x 650
File Size: 162 KB
Date: August 31, 2007

Cropped, sharpened and resized for posting.

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AH! Magnifuqe avec tellemtn de beaux détails et la position de l'insecte est très original.

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-03 23:53]

Hello Jim,
Brilliant capture of this Carpenter Bee showing very sharp details. I like its pose on the pretty orange flower and the soft green background sets it off very nicely. A lovely composition in beautiful colours.
Many thanks, Ulla
P soon

Hi Jim,
pleasing composition and a very sharp bee,good color saturation and nice BG to complement.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-04 1:14]

Hi Jim,
an excellent capture.
Great composition showing the whole flower and the head of the feeding bee in the centre. Great POV.
Vivid colours.
Sharp with excellent detail showing the hair on the thorax.
Well done,

Hi Jim,
A beautiful capture of this carpenter bee enjoying the yellow flower. Nice details with very good POV. And well place in frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jim,

A nice image of the carpenter bee, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Great colors!
Great details!
Perfect sharpness!

I find this a very interesting shot Jim. It is so simple and effective. Your bee is awesome in its sharpness. The slightly softer bright flower against the really out of focus greens. Nice work

Evelynn : )

  • Great 
  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-06 6:30]

Superb sharpness on your main subject here, Jim! And I must say I really appreciate your notes. I shall keep a closer watch on the bees I see to see if I can find one too!

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