Saturday, September 20, 2008

Bees, Bees, and More Bees

Yesterday I finally made another trip over to visit Michele's garden. There is still a lot going on this time of year. Just like last year, the remaining bees and butterflies are visiting the sedum blossoms and other flowers in her garden to get the last bits of nectar for the season. I got a relatively early start and it was fairly cool overnight. I think that made the bees a little lethargic and that helped me get set up for photos.

There were several different species roaming over the plants. I focussed on the larger bees as they were moving more slowly. This bee (maybe a carpenter bee?) was the same species I saw last year. The green pattern in the eyes and the yellow mark on the front of the head is pretty distinctive.

Happy Bee

Here is a close-up of the head. I was using a bare flash for fill so you can see some glare on the eyes. Reflected light next time.


Below is another type of bee I saw. In this photo you can see the additional 3 eyes on the forehead. I used a fill flash on this macro as the plant was in partial shade. Click here to see a larger version of the photo below. I think this is my favorite of the bee macros.

Many Eyes

Here is a side view of the same bee.


You can see a bunch of bee photos in the Flickr set here.


Erika said...

Cool. I knew there were different bees, but have never actually seen the differences. great shots, especially the eyes!

michele said...

Wonderful photographs, Earl. Bees must be very temperature influenced. In the early mornings I see them just hanging on the blooms. I wonder if they are injured, but I don't think they are.

~Carla~ said...

And then it jumped off the flower and stung you in the forehead!!! And the paramedics had to come and take to me to the hospital because the lethargic bee had a lot of stored up venom, like he was waiting for me.

Oh wait, that would have been my story had I been there... nevermind. Great photos, makes my skin crawl b/c of my allergy to them, but (ewww) nice photos! :) hehe