Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
It's interesting to see what gets photographed when you're trying to shoot bees on flowers. When I replayed this video on the laptop I could see it wasn't a bee, but what is it? The big eyes suggest it might be a fly. I kept it on the video so you could see the really creepy looking proboscis. It looks like a tongue which has the ability to 'chew.'
http://solarbeez.com/2013/06/17/bee-flowers-in-may/
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
45 Posts
It's interesting to see what gets photographed when you're trying to shoot bees on flowers. When I replayed this video on the laptop I could see it wasn't a bee, but what is it? The big eyes suggest it might be a fly. I kept it on the video so you could see the really creepy looking proboscis. It looks like a tongue which has the ability to 'chew.'
http://solarbeez.com/2013/06/17/bee-flowers-in-may/
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...PBUfvrMsHN0wGc24GYDA&ved=0CF0Q9QEwBA&dur=4515


I believe this is what you saw maybe? I used to catch them with my hands with the neighborhood kids in S. California some 40 years ago. We used to call them H bees because of the H on their backs. It looks pretty close. I lived in S.W. Oregon as well but don't remember them there, but I was a teenager by then and had other things on my mind.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
129 Posts
Thanks again Solarbeez... I'm blushing now.

The sharpness comes from using a Canon 7D with some of their best lenses and then upping the ISO so that I can use a smaller aperture which increase the depth of field, thus making more of the subject in focus. But then the background is still out of focus because I am so close to the subject matter and the point of focus is so near the lens that everything beyond that is super soft and creamy. Its a function of using a DSLR as a video camera and the much larger video sensor that DSLRs have in them. Again, thanks for the kind words!

I think the creature you captured is what I would call a hover fly. They are furry like a bee, look like a bee and eat the pollen and nectar like a bee, but they are flies. We have them here in Colorado as well, though they look a little different from what you captured. They are wonderful to shoot because they are so **** stationary in the air! I have another short video of a hover fly that I called, "Hover." Duh!

https://vimeo.com/48843216
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
For many of my gardening years, growing flowers was more of a luxury. Flowers take up space, demand precious water, and can't be eaten. Then I started beekeeping. I realized that to be a good beekeeper, I should provide some habitat and nourishment. Now my slogan..."You can never have too many bee-loving flowers."
http://solarbeez.com/2014/05/31/may-flowers-bring-out-the-bees/
We love seeing the bees on flowers we have grown from seed or just purchased. A new discovery is Pink Chintz Thyme. From the first day, when my wife brought them home from the nursery we've had bees on it every day. Along with bees, we've decided to grow some butterfly attracting plants. Stay tuned. :)
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top