Montana Outdoors

June 25, 2011

Anyone’s guess…

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 8:47 pm

Bee, unknown species

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  1. What great detail. He is a fuzzy little bee? fly?

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    Comment by kateri — June 25, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    • I have no idea. He was not aggressive and in fairly good sized, like a small grasshopper.

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      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Great shot. I have no idea what it is but very well captured.

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    Comment by Mike — June 26, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    • Thanks Mike! It’s the first one I’ve seen (or at least noticed).

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  3. Alien from outer space, spying in the mountains of Montana?

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 26, 2011 @ 2:04 am

  4. First, gorgeous photo, the details are wonderful. I tried to figure out what kind of bee this might be and came up short. There are 4000 wild bee species in North America. That makes it difficult. This photo has some resemblance to a digger bee, but I think if it is grasshopper size it would be too large. Also the thorax seems to small for a digger bee (although the overall color is about right). Believe me, I’m no expert in bees but enjoy each new species I find and see.

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 26, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    • I enjoy them too, although I’ve never spent enough time studying them and I really should. I wonder how many of those 4000 species there are here!

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  5. Great Photo I don’t think I’ve ever seen that little critter before. If I had it wouldn’t have been in that much detail.

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    Comment by Jim — June 26, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    • It’s a new one on me. The orange really showed up at first glance.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  6. WOW! The detail is amazing!!! May I ask what kind of camera/lens you used?
    As furry as it is, it almost looks like a plush toy.

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    Comment by thedailyclick — June 26, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    • This was taken with a Nikon D80 with an AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens (my favorite lens). “Plush” is a good word to describe it!

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  7. A brillo brush with wings?

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    Comment by Chad — June 26, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    • Maybe. I’ve heard of bottle flies: this might be a bottle brush bee.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  8. looks like he belongs in a ugly dog contest we have here.

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    Comment by badwalker — June 26, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    • Well, at least he seemed friendly (or at least not aggressive). Thanks for visiting!

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  9. Beats me, what it is, but you sure captured a great shot of it!

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    Comment by sandy — June 26, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    • I was happy with the detail. Someone who really knows bees should be able to ID it from the photo I would think.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  10. Bzzz supersonic buzz bee I haven’t seen before. This is an excellent capture and the details so sharp. Wowzers!

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    Comment by Anna — June 26, 2011 @ 8:51 am

  11. What big eyes you have! That is an extreme macro!

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    Comment by Candace — June 26, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    • Yes, the eyes are huge! Maybe it’s a night creature. That may explain why it posed so quietly.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  12. Love how you captured the hairs on his “face”

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    Comment by Kim — June 26, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  13. This is a great one. I love macro shots of bee types. I like the way we can see the hairs standing out from the little creature.

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    Comment by Ratty — June 26, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    • They are really interesting to see in close-ups all right. In general I really like bees, although there are a few hornet types that I’m not too fond of.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

  14. Exquisite macro. Another amazing image!

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    Comment by Marcie — June 30, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    • Thanks Marcie! The sharpness of the features on the bee really showed up well didn’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  15. Had to stop by briefly to thank you for your visit to my blog. There’s a site that might provide an ID for you on this guy… I’ve used it. myself in the past to ID unknown bugs so you might want to check it out: bugguide.net

    A marvelous image!

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    Comment by Victoria — June 30, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    • Thanks for the site Tory! I hope you’re enjoying your trip!

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2011 @ 4:26 pm


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