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White-banded Digger Bee

White-banded Digger 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: 2012-12-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 6:25
Viewed: 3100
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-banded Digger Bee, Amegilla quadrifasciata
Swedish name: not given as it does not occur in N. Europe

This was taken between two busy roads where several Lantana bushes were planted.

This is a species of Solitary Bee occurring in the Mediterranean area, N Africa and parts of Asia. The closely related Blue-banded Digger Bee is an Asian species.

The female lays her eggs in a tunnel dug in loose or sandy soil. She feeds her larvae with pollen and nectar.

There were up to 20 of these bees visiting the lantana flowers. They are quick and constantly on the move.

I took several images including one in the WORKSHOP taken in flight.

After moderate cropping, some sharpening and light adjustment the images were reduced in size for TN.
As this was taken almost against the light the reflections on the wings could not be reduced.

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Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture from a beautiful angle,with fine details and nicely exposed,the harmony of the vibrant colours is remarkable too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-07 6:33]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic macro in superb sharpness, incredible details and taken from the best POV. Very beautiful bright colours. The workshop photo is gorgeous too.

Very crisp macro, Ivan. The eye in particular is very well captured.
I liked this Bee in flight too. You have frozen it in mid air.
Thanks and regards.

蜜蜂真得清楚 毛是白色 嘴中的吸管好像很粗大

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-02-07 7:18]

Hello Ivan,
long time ago I've been here. I'm pleasant that you sill post photos on TN. Good result. The bee is perfectly visible. This species I've seen but don't know about it almost nothing.
Regards, Pawel

hello Ivan
super good details with great sharpness and beautiful colors
thanks greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-07 8:43]

Hej Ivan,
so beautiful ..
Amazing vivid colours. Great sharpness, details and POV-DOF.
Best wishes,

Salam Ivan,
An excellent macro with fine details, colors & pose. Great presentation & POV. Nice work & TFS. Best salam & wishes!


Hello Mr.Ivan,
It is an example of outstanding Macro.May be I am a novice in this field,but it's colour adjustment,sharpness and DOF have showed me a few good things to learn.
Coloured blurry BG helps to watch the subject with rapt attention.
Thanks for sharing such exceptional creation,
Kind regards and respect,

Hi Ivan,
beautiful photo of the insect. A lot of details because of excellent sharpness. Amazing colours.
Have a nice evening,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-02-07 12:46]

Hello Ivan
Great closed up and nice composition.As usual sharp image with great details.Also nice natural colors and good light
TFS Michel

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-07 14:36]

Hi Ivan,i like a lot your way to manage this terrible backlight,the wings are overexposed but need so to have the best view and details on face and body,beautiful capture whit a colorful carpet too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ivan
Great macro of this Digger Bee. I really like the the detail and colour you captured in this photo through your exposure and DOV. Super POV and composition.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Ivan

Beautiful macro of this bee with a very fine POV
and framing, wonderful light and soft color tones,
great focus, sharpness, details, very beautiful
bokeh of the background, TFS


Hello Ivan
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hallo Ivan
A beautiful image, filled with striking colours and fine details which you captured beautifully. I very much like the bee's huge eye and the pleasant sunlight that brings joy to this great macro. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-09 4:35]

Bonjour Ivan,
Comme j'étais en Valais, j'ai raté ce posting. Une abeille que je n'avais pas encore vue, une espèce méridionale qui rappelle effectivement les abeilles présentées par nos amis asiatiques. Un posting intéressant et que tu montres en "grand" format sur cette belle image colorée.
Bonne fin de semaine à vous deux!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-10 19:17]

Hello Ivan,
A new species for me, and I must say very attractive. I like it's light colors and unique features. You have done a wonderful job of photographing it for all to enjoy viewing. Well done!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-10 23:18]

Fine image of this bee digging in to the flower (looks like Lantana, very colorful and the lighting is well managed..the depth too is good. tfs.

Ciao Ivan The best POV! Impressive details fantastic light. Well done indeed.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-19 0:45]

Hello Ivan
a party of colors as the background making this vies a festival of appreciation. The sharpness is so excellent and the the use of light is well exploited.
Very well presented and well composed shot.


Hello Ivan.
Apart from the bee's sharpness of your shot, the blurry flower in the background attracted my attention. Perfectly controlled plane of focus rendering beautiful bokeh in the frame. Lovely details and fine perch of the bee.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

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