08.21.2020-2 Sweet and Sweaty Sweat Bee Flash Friday

It was a little sweltery so sweat was indeed the case as well as this is a sweet little pollinator. I only managed two shots before it left the Boneset but that is all it took to get a nice portrait.

Brown-winged Striped-Sweat Bee-Agapostemon splendens.ย  This is a male, the females have green abdomens.

Probably not a wall hanger but I am pretty happy with this image.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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35 Responses to 08.21.2020-2 Sweet and Sweaty Sweat Bee Flash Friday

  1. eremophila says:

    Oh lovely, and not a bee I’m familiar with.

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  2. That is a beauty, Steve! Lovely detailed photo of this fabulous bee.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    The green eyes are one of its best features — lovely. Do you happen to know what those two spots atop his head might be?

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    • Bees have five “eyes”. Those you are asking about, there is a third not seen, are simple eyes (Ocelli) for sensing light. The two larger are compound eyes with thousands of lenses (Ommatidia). I’ve been trying to capture eyes more this year rather than just overall appearance although I do try as many angles as possible. I was impressed with these compound eyes just as with the recent deer fly image.

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  4. You should be pleased, it’s a great closeup. If they live on pollen and nectar, what is it about sweat that attracts them?

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    • Thanks, Robert.

      They also like human sweat and, although I’ve never experienced it, will sit on an arm and lap the salty stuff up much like Bentley does. I’ve read that they generally do not sting unless endangered and if they do it is the least painful among stinging insects.That said, I’d just as soon take their word for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. You’ve got nice crisp details in both the bee and the flowers.

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  6. Very nice image. The eyes are amazing.

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  7. Leya says:

    Just beautiful details, Steve – love it!

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  8. krikitarts says:

    The metallic sheen they’ve developed can certainly provide some great camouflage when they’re perched on a plant like this, although his candy-striped abdomen might well call undesirable attention to his presence. And, yes, oh! those eyes!

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, the details are fabulous! Love it!

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    Fantastic detail – love the detail that you’ve captured!

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  11. Todd Henson says:

    Wow, look at that eye! As others have said, beautiful details in this one.

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  12. What a beauty. I wondered if his eye was reflecting the boneset. Thanks for the link: no, it wasn’t.

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  13. And happy you should be, Steve. The crispness and details are very impressive.

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  14. Littlesundog says:

    There is a lot of “fuzzy” going on here… I love it!


  15. bluebrightly says:

    All you insect photos lately have been excellent, Steve.

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