Monday, December 13, 2010

Best of Bees 2010

A Mason Bee working the Nectarine Tree.
A Large Carpenter Bee on a Nectarine Tree.
A Mason Bee.

Mason Bee on a Crabapple Tree.
A Velvet Ant. I've been trying to shoot one of these for 3 years now and this is the best I have. 
This is the first time I've ever seen a Honey Bee, or any bee for that matter, on a Marigold with that many petals. And this isn't even a bee working a flower. Beekeepers were opening a hive and in coming foragers landed away from the nest in confusion.
Here is a wasp that specializes in hunting spiders.
Honey Bee on Asclepias tuberosa. I took this image at a class for photography hosted by a women who works for the USDA who teaches macro photography to surveyors. After seeing this photo she said I have "The Eye," for this. I think that's the greatest compliment she could have given me that day. 
Another Honey Bee on Asclepias tuberosa. This time the plant is a cultivar that has yellow flowers instead of orange/red.
A Wasp on the flowers to Dill (or something related).
Honey Bee on St. John's Wort.
A troop of Carpenter Bees on 'Black Jack' Sedum.
Honey Bee on New England Aster.
Honey Bee on New England Aster.
Honey Bee on New England Aster. I'm tempted to turn this into a painting. I want to do other pictures with different colors first.
Bumblebee "I am your father!"
Honey Bee "That's not true. That's imposable!"

Monobia quadridens on Goldenrod.