Anne's bee! (Xylocopa caffra)
3½ YEARS OF FLICKRING AND THIS WAS MY MOST POPULAR PHOTO SO FAR
I went on a 4x4 weekend and Anne asked me to take one photo especially for her. This bee was all over a batch of flowers and I could not get close to it. It would land on a flower and would stay there for not longer than 3 seconds, moving from flower to flower with incredible speed.
The weekend was coming to an end and I still did not take that special photo.
I asked the bee to come to me so that I can take Anne's photo but he did not understand English or Afrikaans or Sjangaan.
I decided to wait for him and eventually after almost 20 minutes my patience paid of. My camera was focused on the flower and when he landed, I got only this one shot.
It looks as if the bee is hanging from the flower for dear life but I can assure you he never stayed longer than 3 seconds at a flower. M. Shaw describes the same problem to get a shot in of one of these bees but he says you have only 1 or 2 seconds.
The flower is a Wild Foxglove (Ceratotheca triloba )
These Carpenter bees feed their young a mixture of pollen and nectar.
I have brought it forward for those who have not seen this photo before.
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