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Bumblebee Tongues are large
Lens: Pentax FA*300/4.5 Camera: K-50 Photo Location: Liberty, Maine ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: SSGGeezer, 08-03-2017, 05:55 PM

Shooting with my new FA* 300. I was surprised how long a bumblebee's tongue is. It is clearly visible in this crop of a picture I took this evening.

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Very interesting- can't say I've seen that before!

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Here is one from the front straight OOC and cropped for easy upload. Even shows the colors. Loving the FA*300 4.5!!!

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There are long- and short- tongued varieties of bees. Even within a group like Bombus there are long and short.
If you catch a shot just right with bumbles, you'll see their tongue out even before they land!

Here you can see how the long-tongued varieties have folding tongues.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
There are long- and short- tongued varieties of bees. Even within a group like Bombus there are long and short.
If you catch a shot just right with bumbles, you'll see their tongue out even before they land!

Here you can see how the long-tongued varieties have folding tongues.
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Cool! That bright green critter is a bee? Wow, I may have seen them when I lived in Southern Indiana but did not recognize them as a bee. Nice shot to catch the tongue partially folded!
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Yeah, there are lots of little green bees in different tribes in the Halictus family. Augochlora, Augochlorella, Augochloropsis, Agapostemon...and they're everywhere.

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