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Hatching Female Mason Bee II | by Dalantech
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Hatching Female Mason Bee II

Technique: The weather has been fluctuating a lot, but when it's warm and sunny I've been taking the cocoons harvested from my Mason Bee house out and letting them hatch. They're not all hatching at once, but when they decide to come out it's fast.


I think that this is an O. bicornis (= O. rufa), Red Mason Bee, but I could be wrong.


Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount) and I had to switch to manual mode (E-TTL metering was getting confused by this scene). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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Taken on March 27, 2016