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Diverse Crowd at the Buffet
Lens: Super Macro Takumar 50mm Camera: K20 Photo Location: Central Illinois ISO: 100 Aperture: F16 
Posted By: acbees, 10-18-2010, 03:12 PM

Hi,
Been almost a year since I posted anything. Haven't quit shooting, might try to catch up a little. Here's a few taken recently, all cropped some, with my trusty 'ol Takumar and hand held LA Dine flash. Was feeding some old honey back to the bees on some old comb I'd put out in the yard. Our honeybees weren't the only ones to take advantage of it. Bumble bees and wasps are enemies to the honeybee in the hive. It doesn't seem to make a difference who they eat with at the buffet, just don't come into their home uninvited. I think there's a lesson there?
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10-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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That is absolutely bizarre. Maybe some of the entymologists among us can explain why so many different species, which I'm sure are not generally friendly, would behave like this.

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Same question here? who are having buffet? who are food?
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I just liked these shots because they show that honeybees aren't just "stingers with wings" waiting to sting something or somebody. They work flowers in the same way. Outside their hive, it's the big open world, everybody help themselves to the food. Inside their hive, they'll die defending it. They don't react simply based on what those around them are, either human, insect, or whatever. But, threaten their hive, their stores, or their brood and it's a whole different story.
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