Montana Outdoors

May 13, 2011


Filed under: Nature — Tags: — montucky @ 8:29 pm

Bumble bee


  1. Isn’t the world just a magnificent place? This is outstanding. What an amazing photograph.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 13, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    • It is indeed a magnificent place! In general I’m not a huge fan of technology, but every day I’m thankful for the technology that gave us the camera because we can now see so much more of that beautiful world.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  2. Terry:

    You’ve out-done yourself!! Such detail!!

    Thank you,


    Comment by Chad — May 13, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    • Thanks Chad! The term “snapshot” applies here. I touched the shutter while hoping and NIKON did the rest.

      By the way, some of the trails are getting cleared up from snow (on the bright side), but it looks as though the winter was not kind to them (on the bad side).


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  3. This is such a great photo. Interesting though, your bumble bee looks quite different from the ones I have seen. It has very yellow (and it almost looks like the yellow is does have on it is pollen?)


    Comment by kateri — May 13, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    • It appears very unusual to me too. The leg has a heavy coat of pollen, but I don’t see the typical yellow and black bands. I’ve read though that they can vary a lot on coloration.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  4. Great Shot macro of the bee is exelent.


    Comment by Jim — May 13, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  5. as the above have said, That is a great shot. Fantastic detail both in the flowers and the bee. Love it.


    Comment by dave1949 — May 13, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  6. Beautiful bee shot. I love getting bee photos, this one is exceptionally sharp.


    Comment by Candace — May 13, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    • Often it’s better to be lucky than good. I had set up the camera for a similar shot on a tiny moth that was visiting the flowers when this bumble came by and it worked for him too.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  7. Great job, bees are very tricky. The DOF/sharpness is tack on and that’s hard to do. Great colors too


    Comment by Anna — May 14, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  8. Hi Montucky, We have loads of Bumblebees here. Very few Honeybees are here but the Bumblebees have become the real workhorses to pollinate crops and flowers. Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 14, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    • It’s good that you have the bumbles when the honeybees are in short supply. I have seen a few honeybees here, but not lots yet, but it is still early. Things are now really starting to bloom, so we’ll see. I’ve been very concerned about the honeybees!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  9. What a great capture!
    It’s beautiful Terry!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  10. Great close-up, Terry!


    Comment by Barbara — May 14, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  11. Beautiful shot!
    What is that an albino bumblebee? I have looked all over to see if it might be a western version, but no, we have the same kind.


    Comment by sandy — May 14, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    • I have looked for information on this one too, but about all I could find was that there can be a lot of color variation with them. It is quite unusual.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  12. Nice catch! Love the flowers and the bee.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — May 14, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  13. Great photo!


    Comment by marysquilt — May 14, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  14. Hmmm, I like snakes, I don;t mind spiders or crawly bugs…but bees, not so fond of.

    I’ve got to admit though — it’s a great close up shot.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 14, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    • I like bees but wasps and hornets, not so much.

      I got what I think is a cool shot of a Bull snake tonight I’ll post in a day or so. Very pretty snake!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  15. Wow! I love this picture. it is really captivating in a different way than most of your photos


    Comment by silken — May 14, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    • I really like it too. It is such a pretty little creature!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  16. WOW..WOW…WOW!! I’m speechless. Absolutely stunning!


    Comment by Marcie — May 15, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    • Thanks Marcie! I also saw a gorgeous moth which was a little larger than this bumble, but was unable to get a picture. I hope I will get a chance some time to photograph it.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  17. I’m suddenly curious. Is there any research indicating that bees buzz from sheer pleasure? If I were that bee, I’d be very, very happy and perhaps willing to buzz just a bit extra!


    Comment by shoreacres — May 15, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    • I’ve not read anything about that, but I wonder too. This little fellow seemed pretty happy though. Our flower have been very late to bloom this year and now they are just exploding: he has lost of nectar available now.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

      • Are bees able to buzz when they aren’t flying/moving their wings? I bet buzzing is purely mechanical, not like purring in contented kitties.


        Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 8:34 am

        • From the website:

          The wings of the bee make up less then one percent of the buzzing sound. The noise almost entirely comes from the bee breathing through its fourteen spiracles across its abdomen. This applies to all other buzzing insects, blue bottles, hornets ect.


          Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

          • Thanks for the clarification, montucky, I stand corrected.


            Comment by Kim — May 25, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  18. I love bumble bee photos and this capture is beautiful and magnificent!


    Comment by Anna — May 15, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    • I love the bumbles too Anna. They are really pretty and I’ve not found them a bit aggressive. And they are so necessary!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  19. Great Bee!


    Comment by bearyweather — May 15, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

  20. Great photo. I have many times tried to take good photos from bumble, but always I failed. This one You took is awesome.


    Comment by sartenada — May 19, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

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