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Bee Careful

Bee Careful
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-30 4:59
Viewed: 5601
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When you spotted this kind of bee be careful. Its huge and scary [well, not for me, but for my wife and other girls for sure :-)]. Its length is about 3-4 cm, it feeds nectar, mainly from thistle and makes very loud buzz when flying. When I saw it for first time I thought that this was some kind of bumble-bee but later my friends told me that this was a kind o bee. Photo was taken in rather warmer place than Poland. I took this when I was on my summer holidays in Alushta, east to Yalta on the Crimean Penisula this year.

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I like this shot Grzegorz.I've never seen such black,solid looking wings on a bee before.3-4cm is a big bee!Thanks.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-30 5:48]
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Hello Grzegorz, it's a good picture in terms of focus and detail, the colours are very good too. I htink the composition is too centred, with the space below the bee not adding anyhthing. That said it is a good shot. I'm fairly sure this is a Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa violacea.

Grzegorz, I like the different POV displaying this black beauty's wings with superb detail & sharpness. And the vertical framing keeps my mouse-wheel busy!! ;-) Good note..Nice job! P.S. You might've taken the subject off-center slightly as I must agree with Paul here.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-30 9:01]
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Conozco la dificultad de fotografiar estos ejemplares Grzegorz... tengo alguno publicado tambien.
Muy buena imagen por su perspectiva permite visualizar este abejorro perfectamente y sobresaltar el detalle de sus alas.
El DOF es adecuado, a pesar de un fondo poco propicio.

I know the difficulty to photograph these exemplars Grzegorz... I have some also published.
Very good image by its perspective allows to visualize this bumblebee perfectly and to frighten the detail of its wings.
The DOF is adapted, in spite of a little propitious bottom.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-30 11:17]
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This is the first black bee I've seen.
A nice capture.
Excellent detail and texture of the wings,very good DoF.
A good shot,well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-30 12:00]

Never seen this before.
Well captured, Grzegorz, and well done. TFS.

  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-30 12:55]
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Hi Grzegorz
Like you titles, very good, I love wordplay, and you are good with it in a language not your own.
vey nice bee. i would crop a bit below the wings, it should improve the impact.
Dimes spent

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-31 2:05]

If this guy wants my Coke, he can have my Coke. Someone wearing this much leather can only be bad news:) You captured this well and with excellent detail.

Thanks for posting

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2004-10-31 12:39]

Very nice capture. Sorry I have been away all weekend and my points are spent. Hope to catch up in future.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-11-03 4:44]

Stupendo esemplare di questa ape tutta nera, insetto reso perfettamente, con una simmetria che permette un'ottima riconoscibilitą!

He looks like a soldier spending his holydays on the countryside :-)

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-19 6:50]

Fajnie zrobiłes to zdjęcie. Ja bałabym się ze mnie ugryzie albo moje dziecko. Ładne zdjęcie do którego potrzeba dużo odwagi.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-20 12:28]

Grzegorz, very nice pose and POV. Great DOF and sharpness. In short, a perfect job. Nice oof bg, beautiful colors.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-08-10 20:29]

Hey, in fact this is the largest European bee:
Xylocopa violacea - Carpenter Bee

The funny thing abut it is that this species has no sting and is completely harmless :-)
The English name is related to its breeding habit - the species cuts with jaws through the trunk of old trees and build a nest just with one egg inside the wood. Polish name - zadrzechnia fioletowa has the same derivation.

This species occurs also in Poland, although is very rare. here you have the info from the Polish Red Data Book of Animals:
"A species is known from 8 localities in Poland, discovered in the period of 1868-1935; since then there has been no confirmation of its occurrence in Poland. A decline of Xylocopa violacea (its Polish population was separated from the continuous range) was probably caused by scarcity of old and dry trees where females place nests. Any discovered localities of X. violacea should be taken under protection. The species is not protected by law."

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