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Ashy Mining Bee

Ashy Mining Bee
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-19 9:44
Viewed: 2977
Points: 38
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Ashy Mining Bee, Adrena cineraria
Swedish name: Sobersandbi, meaning ‘sober sand-bee’

This is one of my first macros with my new 100 mm lens that has an image stabiliser.

The Ashy Mining Bee is a solitary bee species. It is found in most of Europe up to Central Asia.

This may be the first posting of this species on TN.

It is about 1.4 cm long. Here the size can be compared to the Sloe flowers Prunus spinosa) that she is on.
The female like this one is active during fruit tree blossom time from March to June. She digs a hole in sandy soil about 20 cm deep, lays eggs in the cells she has constructed and provides enough pollen and nectar to allow the larvae to develop.
Her pollen baskets are loaded in this picture.

This was taken at a distance of about 30cm with the camera hand held. The IS allowed a relatively low shutter speed without the need of a tripod.

After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-19 10:12]

Hello Ivan,
What a great macro! Sharpness and details are fantastic and the light and colours are gorgeous. Taken from a very good POV in a pleasing composition. A beauty!

Wonderful shot Ivan! Great detail and color here. The subject... pollen baskets, is depicted very well here.

Thanks, Paul

Ciao Ivan.
Splendida macro con dei stupendi colori,eccellente la nitidezza con molteplici particolari,un’ottima composizione ben curata complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona domenica ciao Marco

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely busy bee on beautiful white flower, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ivan
super good sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao MF Invan. Excellent capture for the bee in action taken in excellent details and sharp. Fantastic colours in the lovely compo.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-19 12:10]

Bonsoir Ivan,
Funny I have taken pictures of this bee for the first time this year a few days after you, close to my chalet. I will show it later once.
You had the luck to find it on this white blossom, what always is a plus for the charm of a picture. It also seems that yours was a very busy bee :-) Very fine and interesting shot indeed.
Bonne soirée et amitiés à vous deux

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-19 13:32]

Hi Ivan,your new lens works very very well as i can see....eehehe...magnificent macro,very birght details,colors and the best light management for a perfect white of flowers too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ivan,

A nice shot of the Ashen miner bee (Andrena cineraria)with your new lens, excellent detail, colour and contrast. Taken on a good subject matter.
They are protected in the UK, I know because I have them in my lawns, and I posted one on TN in April 2010. They leave a nice little hole in the lawn with a pile of the spoil around the hole. The only seem to live in old established grass/lawns.

Hope to see a lot more fine macro's from you now with the new lens
Have a nice weekend, and thanks for sharing
regards Bill

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-05-19 14:03]

wonderful macro! nice compo and great details

Hello Ivan,
Remarkable macro with exceptional clarity and focus, outstanding composition and excellent sharpness. Very good WB and exposure. Lovely composition with brilliant colors.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Ivan

Congratulations for your new luminous macro lens,
excellent macro with fine POV and the way it is
framed with the flowers, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-20 0:50]

Hej Ivan,

Congratulations on your new macro, which you have put to work very nicely! Great composition of bee and flowers!

I assume you meant 1.4 cm for the size of the bee...

Enjoy your Sunday!


Salam Alaikom Ivan,

An excellent macro with such intricate details, sharpness & colors. Great POV & composition. Very nicely done & TFS.

Best regards & wishes!

Salam & mabrouk on the new lens!


Hello Ivan
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with very good composition, nice lighting and very good sharpness!

Excellent work moment for this sober sand-bee :o$
Good shot! Regards, Ferran

Hello Ivan,
interesting picture of this bee with good sharpness and lovely details. I especially like its loaded pollen basket. Beautiful colours and fine natural sourrounding.
Best wishes,

Bom dia Ivan
Impressive macro my Friend.Excellent close,wonderful colours and lighting and excellent details.Congrats!
Thank You,
Have a good week!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-21 18:48]

Hello Ivan,
If this is an example of one of your first shots with your new lens, I can't wait to see what is coming in the future posts from you!! Spectacular detail and excellent exposure.
Looks so real I feel as though I could actually reach out and touch him. I would try, but I'm afraid I would get stung!!

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