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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.

If you feel like commenting again, you are welcome.

 

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Taken on January 24, 2009