Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Female Worker Bee On The Job...

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I'm totally consumed by the abundance of life in the yard right now. Countless insect pollinators of every shape, size, and description, are working over the tens of thousands of flowers now in bloom here, and yesterday, I counted 26 species of birds visiting our tiny piece of paradise.
The lovely Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) posing for me, a female worker, was photographed this morning as she collected pollen from a Prickly Poppy.
Note the bulging pollen sacs on her hind legs.

Canon S2 IS on Manual setting, Super-Macro mode, f/2.7 at 1/1000th of a second, no attachments.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photo and thanks for pointing out the pollen sacks! Learned something new today!

12:20 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That's a particularly beautiful photograph of the worker honey bee. Her eyes are huge, and her pollen sacs are getting full. Life is good for her in the summertime.

7:39 PM  
Blogger T. Beth said...

How lovely! I do so love close-up photos of honeybees with their dark, almond-shaped eyes.

11:47 PM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

Honey bees are my favoite.

5:55 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

nice pictures! I didn't notice the bicycle wheel behind the poppy till you mentioned it.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Birsen ┼×ahin said...

That is a beauty!!! Need to say nothing more I guess : )

10:00 AM  
Blogger Madcap said...

The petals are so white and crisp, they look like taffeta.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Birsen ┼×ahin said...

Go to http://manilerim.blogspot.com/2006/06/99-100.html and see the answer : )

1:23 PM  
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7:32 AM  

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