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Oct 01, 2021 10:18 |  #1486

Cool, partly cloudy weather makes the perfect conditions to photograph small solitary bees. I found this Mining Bee foraging in a Dandelion. Image taken in Lago Patria, Italy in April of 2021.

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Oct 01, 2021 14:28 as a reply to  @ Dalantech's post |  #1487

That's beautiful.




  
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Oct 01, 2021 14:59 |  #1488

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That's beautiful.

Thanks!


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Oct 08, 2021 05:15 |  #1489

This Female Sweat Bee is anchoring herself with her mandibles while she uses her front legs to strip pollen off of Sour Grass anthers and pack it around her back legs and abdomen. It is easier to take images like this one on windy days because the vibration induced by the breeze masks the vibration I cause when I grab onto the stem of the flower. Image taken in Bacoli, Italy in April of 2020.

Halictidae Lasioglossum

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Oct 10, 2021 06:20 |  #1490

Cool, partly cloudy weather makes the perfect conditions to photograph small solitary bees. I found this female Mining Bee foraging for pollen in a Dandelion. Image taken in April of 2021 in Lago Patria, Italy.

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Oct 11, 2021 11:16 |  #1491

I was really surprised to find this tiny solitary bee in a Dandelion this time of year. The weather had also been terrible for a few days, but the sun came out so I went looking for something to point the camera at.

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Oct 15, 2021 12:45 |  #1492

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Oct 17, 2021 02:58 |  #1493

This is how I would normally see Sweat Bees bedding down in my Geranium flowers, snoozing between the petals.

Possibly Halictus sexcinctus.

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Oct 17, 2021 04:28 as a reply to  @ Dalantech's post |  #1494

Great portrait. Odd not seeing it covered in pollen.




  
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Oct 17, 2021 06:33 |  #1495

Pigpen101 wrote in post #19295789 (external link)
Great portrait. Odd not seeing it covered in pollen.

Thanks!

Those critters clean themselves a lot, pretty much right before they leave one flower for the next.


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Oct 28, 2021 15:22 |  #1496

It is pretty common for solitary bees to feel the heat coming off of my hand, on cool mornings, and climb onto them to get warm. This Sweat Bee is trying to thaw out so it can start its day.

Possibly Halictus sexcinctus.

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Oct 30, 2021 20:55 |  #1497

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Nov 01, 2021 10:54 |  #1498

Terrific pictures, people!
For some reason I don't do bees that often. But this is my favorite bee picture, taken many years ago.

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Agapostemon virescens on purple asters.

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Nov 02, 2021 13:30 |  #1499

Mark Sturtevant wrote in post #19301987 (external link)
Terrific pictures, people!
For some reason I don't do bees that often. But this is my favorite bee picture, taken many years ago.
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Agapostemon virescens on purple asters.

That is a really cool shot -love the "photo bomb"!

I would pay real money for a chance to photograph those metallic Sweat Bees. We have them here in Italy, but not down south here in the Naples area where I live.


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Nov 03, 2021 12:11 |  #1500

I was really surprised to find a female Leaf Cutter Bee foraging for pollen on a Dandelion in late October (2021). I thought they would have been long gone for the year.

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