09.14.2020 Macro Monday

I went to visit the fringed gentians this morning.  Unfortunately, sunshine is required for them to open and I only had a few early hours to be out.  I did find one composition with a bud and that will show up later this week. One advantage to being out so early is sleepy insects and I took advantage of that.

There were several of these Eastern Carpenter Bees- Xylocopa virginica virginica spending the cool morning air beneath these Canada GoldenrodSolidago canadensis flowers.  It was a bit breezy but a little patience allowed for some sharp exposures.

Not all bees exist in hive communities.  There are solitary bees, which include these, who have their own nests and raise their young solo, gathering food and defending against predators.  A queen unto themselves. As the name suggests, carpenter bees nest in wood or woody cavities, sometimes causing homeowners problems. Out here in the North Quabbin they only cause trouble for woody stems of plants like goldenrod.

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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18 Responses to 09.14.2020 Macro Monday

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Gosh, she even has dewdrops on her eyes! I found one dead today, I guess it is that time of year.

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    • When I find them torpid like this I worry that they are indeed dead. But if I disturb them they stir which makes me feel better. I am able to magnify the image quite a bit as I reviewed focus so made sure the dew drops were sharp.

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  2. That second picture is quite a revealing mugshot. The dew droplets are a nice touch.

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  3. Exquisite details! Very nice !

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    Wonderful detail. The bee in the first shot is looking how I sometimes feel at the end of the day as I crawl into bed.

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  5. Stunning macros, Steve! Love that face on shot with all those droplets.

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  6. Your ability to bring out all that detail in a black “object,” the bee in the second photograph, is prodigious.

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  7. Dave Ply says:

    Nice details. And a lot of depth too, for as close as you seem to have gotten.

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  8. Brilliant to be able to see so much detail, thanks. Eliza’s right, seeing dew on the eyes is very unsettling!

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I’m accustomed to seeing butterflies and dragonflies with ragged wings, but I don’t remember seeing a bee with that kind of damage. It’s a testament to your abilities that you were able to get even that wing margin in such clear focus.

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