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Tri-Coloured Bee

Tri-Coloured Bee
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-02 8:43
Viewed: 3534
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bombus ternarius, commonly known as the Orange-belted Bumblebee or Tricoloured Bumble Bee, is a yellow, orange and black bumblebee that is commonly found throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

Bombus ternarius is a small, fairly slender bumblebee. The queen is 1719 mm long, the worker 813 mm and the drone 9.513 mm.

The queen and the workers are black on the head, with a few pale yellow hairs. The thorax and the first abdominal segment are yellow, abdominal segments 2 to 3 are orange, and the rest of the abdomen is black.

The drone has a yellow head with a few black hairs. The coloration of the thorax and abdomen is similar to that of the females, with the exception that the abdominal segment 4 is yellow and the last abdominal segments are yellow on the sides. The fur of the drone is longer than that of the females. Before the introduction of what are commonly known as honey bees, bumblebees were the only honey producing bee in North America, however, only in very small quantities.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-02 9:03]

Hi Bob,is always difficult to take the bombus..need great patience,they are always in mouvement..eheh...very nice result whit excellent sharpness,colors and details..and very nice composition too!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-12-02 9:34]

Hello Robert,

Sharpness and clarity on the bee are perfect.
Perhaps I would crop the picture to the left side, and make a square format.
Notwithstanding this horizontal frame, I love these picture.
Very well done, TFS.
PS: Got you my picture for your news paper!

Best regards,

hello Bob

great close-up shot of this bee with fine POV
and framing, superbly focused great sharpness
and details and also beautiful light, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-02 10:08]

Hello Bob,
A great photo from your archive. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and a very good composition are characterising this photo. Good DOF and blurred BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-02 10:13]

Hello Bob.
This is outstanding macro with exceptional details and colors. Focus and exposure were outstanding. Nice composition too.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Bob, great macro of lovely busy bumble bee on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fantastic details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob,
A warm shot is always nice to see in winter time! You captured very well the colours of this beautiful bumblebee. Very sharp details. Warm regards from cold and snowy Belgium,

Hi Bob,

Very pleasant capture of this lovely bumblebee while working so hard:). Excellent composition and clarity. Nice exposure too, it all looks very well managed.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-02 18:58]

Hi Bob,
Bob Shannon perfection, what a beauty my friend. Please give Jane a big hug from Lucy and I.

Great detail and sharpness, well done!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-03 5:05]

Very fine image of this lovely bee on this colorful flower, good composition and lighting. tfs.

I somehow missed this beauty in my first pass Bob, the very sharp image of that tricoloured bumblebee feeding on a thistle flower against a perfect BG, well a real feast for the eyes my friend!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-03 10:46]

Hello Bob,
Great shot of this beautifully colored bee. Wonderful detail and exposure. Except for the orangish rear end it reminds me alot of the Bumble Bees around here. TFS.

Hi Bob,

The flower is helping to frame the bee. The close-up point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the bee and of the flower. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. have a nice day.


PERFECT! Amazing color!
Great detail. Wonderful DOF. Picture postcard perfect.

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