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Macro photos of a honey bee and bumblebee

Close-up of a honey bee fetching nectar from the white flowers of the White vervain
9 March 2018

Jan-Willem Kruse

Taking macro photos from a honey bee or a bumblebee is not that difficult under a bright sun, allowing a fast shutter speed with a small aperture to create a large field of depth. Just sit in front of a flower which is  visited regularly by them and take photos when they come along.

From a distance bumblebees and honey bees look the same, but from nearby there are differences which help in identifying the correct species:

Honey bees Bumblebees
  • Shorter, wasp-like bodies about 2-2.5 cm
  • Fuzzy torso, streaked abdomen, and thin wings
  • Have shorter tongues and prefer shallower, open flowers
  • Fatter, rounder, and fuzzier bodies ranging 2-5 cm
  • Yellow, orange and/or black in colouring with thicker, blockier stripes/bands
  • Have longer tongues so can enjoy a wider range of flowers

These insects can be encountered everywhere; my famous spots are our garden and a nearby  nursery. Most of the photos have been taken with a dedicated macro lens; either the Nikon 105mm or the Tamron 90mm lens.

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