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The Tistle and the Bumblebee

The Tistle and the Bumblebee
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Copyright: Anton Lefterov (edal) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-09
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 16:38
Viewed: 3606
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It turned out this is the second post I am uploading with a thistle and a bee. There are two reasons for this: the first is that thistles are such a vast group of plants. The second is wthat they are very well presented in my country's flora.

The thistle is Centaurea nigrescens, or Tyrol knapweed from the genus Centaurea or Star Thistle.

Centaurea are copious nectar producers, especially on high-lime soils, and are major honey plants for beekeepers. Star thistle varietal honey is light and slightly tangy. The high nectar yield of the genus makes it very attractive to insects, like this bumblebee.

The bumblebee is a flying insect of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae. Like the common honeybee, of which it is a relative, the bumblebee feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young. These creatures are beneficial to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger and furrier than other members of the bee family. Most, but not all, bumblebee species are gentle.

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Merhaba Anton.
It looks veri nice. You done it very well. With useful note. I love photographers who write useful, clear and instructor notes.
Turkiye'den bol bol selamlar.

Hi Anton,
Those guys always are very busy and hard to catch pin sharp, but this one comes out nicely!
Actually I did make exactly the same image a while ago, hehehe! But then I'm no insect man so I better leave it there...
Macro work well done, note also!
Pablo -

Bonjour Anton

Très belle photo en macro avec cette abeille qui butine , qualité et couleurs sont au rendez-vous sans parler des détails qui sont magnifiques.

Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Anton,
Good pov and composition. Bees stop for honey in a split second and very difficult to get a clear image. You did well here.

Добра снимка! Четох че и от това вече вариат ракиа, за това пиша и на Български. Другите не могат го разбра!

Also wish to add an alarming bit of news about bees! Recent reports on unusually high beekills suggest that perhaps cell phones are to blame.
Are we ignorantly committing Apidae-cide?

Like you I like these humblebees which have tricks regular honeybees do not have.

Excellent PoV here of the bee on this knapweed. It shows us so much more than just another photo of another insect... bee, b'fly, bug, what have you... Tfs, Jay

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