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Mar 28, 2016 04:06 |  #1

It's that time of year -the males live for about two weeks, and the females between six and eight weeks. I know I've been posting Mason bees lately, but if I don't shoot them now then I won't shoot them at all.

The latest Mason Bee to hatch from last year's nesting season, photographed while she was trying to get her metabolism going. Looks intimidating with those mandibles, but they are actually very docile.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FeJQ​39  (external link) Newborn Female Red Mason Bee I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 28, 2016 12:17 |  #2

Lovely capture John.


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Mar 28, 2016 22:12 |  #3

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Lovely capture John.

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Mar 29, 2016 00:32 |  #4

nice photos well done




  
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Mar 29, 2016 01:02 |  #5

Lovely series John
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Mar 29, 2016 06:02 |  #6

Thanks Jack and Brian 8-)


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Mar 29, 2016 06:13 |  #7

Stunning - #2 and #3 in particular

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Mar 29, 2016 10:45 |  #8

great set John!


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Mar 29, 2016 12:19 |  #9

Thanks Paul and alquimista 8-)


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BRAVOOOO:)




  
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Mar 31, 2016 22:14 |  #11

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BRAVOOOO:)

Grazie! :)


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Apr 01, 2016 10:46 |  #12

Huh, focus is overrated ;)

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Wonderful captures John.


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BasAndrews wrote in post #17957016 (external link)
Huh, focus is overrated ;)

:D

Wonderful captures John.

Thanks Bas :)


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