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up close and personal….with bean sized buzzers
August 19, 2008, 5:52 am
Filed under: animals, bees, insects, nature, wildlife | Tags: , , , , , , ,

i’m so excited about this bee post!!!

remember how i said the bees were small?  well, i took some pictures of them while they were sleeping tonight and in one shot i held a ball point pen next to one.  see?  they are smaller than a black bean!  that’s very small.

and do you see how he is holding onto his branch with his mandibles?

3 bees were already resting, but since they were so small i wouldn’t have noticed them.  but a fourth bee came up and was hovering around for a few seconds before he bedded down.

i’m excited about these photos because….i think i am not going to buy a macro now. i think i love my lens. and i’m super glad i found these tiny bees all by myself!

isn’t the anthophorid bee amazing?  apparently the tiny metallic dot above his big green eye is another eye, one that senses daylight and darkness.

look at how closely the bees are sleeping!

good night bees.


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Very sensible decision; no macro lens means hundreds of dollars freed up to spend on dog and cat toys.
Those bees really are beautiful with their peridot eyes.
Do you think it was an entomologist who coined the phrase “hanging on by the skin of one’s teeth” ? Except these bees don’t look stressed at all.

Comment by lavenderbay

hello goodbear its dennis the vizsla dog hay AIEEEEEEE jiant pen run away!!!!!!!

ps thoze ar sum reely neet pikchers of yore sleepy bees ok bye

Comment by jamesviscosi

I just love the closeups of their eyes! I love bees.

Hehe to Dennis’ comment…giant pen. 😀

Comment by Gina

Damn if these aren’t totally cool! Thanks for sharing. But I must say that you can get a nice 100mm macro for under $500 and it would be a great investment for shooting things like this! Money well spent!

Comment by forkboy

I love their eyes. The extra set is pretty freaky though.

Comment by Checkers

Wow! these are marvelous! I remember your frustration at your first efforts. High five!

Comment by TheAgedCat

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