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Another nectar robber...
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Then off he(?) went....
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Couldn’t resist taking this photo of the insect wildlife while on a recent visit to the Morris Arboretum in PA. While it was somewhat larger than its organic relative, it did do me the courtesy of hovering in place to allow me to take a quick snap before flying off.

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Another nectar robber...
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I was watching the behaviour of the nectar-robbers yesterday.

It looked to me as if the larger (more powerful?) bumblebees were doing the donkey work, biting through the side of the flower, and the smaller bees were taking advantage of the new route to nectar supplies.

I didn't see any of the smaller bees doing any cutting work - just moving from hole-to-hole.
 

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Poor thing was out collecting nectar and appears to have died on the job.

Still, I can think of worse ways to go.

[edit] I can see something sinister lurking in the thistle head. Doesn't look big enough to take out a bumblebee though.
 

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Bumbling with bees today...
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Uh oh, better bee careful! (note the sneaky spider)

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Bee in flight

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Lots of bumblebees about yesterday, it's as if they suddenly realised summer is over and they need to get as much nectar as they can before it's too late...
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First foray ever out in the flower beds with the PL50-200, trying a bit of this and that, mostly the pre-burst thingy. Very much not what I do, but great fun was had and it wont be the last time.

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And a BIF, (bumblebee in flight)...
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A bee in my garden yesterday, enduring all sorts of bee type struggles in pursuit of nectar.

All shot with the EM1 MK2 and Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens @ f4. Cropped in by about 25%.

Experimenting with wider apertures.

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Latest batch of bees.
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We have a patch of lavender in the back garden, which they seem to love. I think there are at least three different types, but haven't had time to look them up to check yet!

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