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Megachille in the Garden

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    That bee, found again on a chia plant resting/cooled in the shade. Shot with SS slow enough to allow ambient light in BG of sky/through nearby trees, fill flash.

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  2. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    As wonderful as ever, great work Mark.

    The humble bee has become my favorite insect thanks to your photos.
     
  3. MillerJames84

    MillerJames84 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 20, 2013
    Nice shots, looking forward to seeing more.
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Beautifully done, as always! Excellent shots. :2thumbs:
     
  5. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    546
    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Thanks guys. So there's still a few who appreciate my work ... :)
     
  6. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Mark, don't you get tired of taking these ridiculously good macro shots? ;)
     
  7. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    546
    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Yes, weary to the bone. But I just push on, for posterity ... :)

     
  8. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Do you do anything to keep these insects from flying / hopping away? I'm not sure I ever saw a bee still enough to capture with available light.
     
  9. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    546
    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    All I do is follow their behaviour. Most bees have a minimum temperature at which they can fly, any lower and they have to wait for some heat. That's what this one is doing, and I was there to see it.

    You have to spend time in nature, the garden or wherever, to see what you can and can't do. I used to chase bees around but no more, too tiring.

    Otherwise I don't do anything to slow an insect down except maybe on occasion leave a little sugar-water on a flower or leaf. Once they are focused on something, like food or mating or digging they are relatively easy to approach - carefully. They don't like dramatic changes in their field of view.