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Andrena clarkella

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 March 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Yesterday (while searching moss :-) ) I found a few nestholes of Andrena clarkella (Mining bee sp. / Zwart-rosse zandbij). I made a few images, but due to lack of light and no flash most of them ended in "paperbasket". Today light was better, flash fully charged, so I went back to make some more pictures. In this one you can see a female crawling out the ground where they make nests. This specimen is one of the first Andrena sp. to fly in Belgium. When temperatures are above 10 °C , females fly out searching the pollen of Salix sp. to bring to their nest, making a ball of pollen mixed with nectar, upon which an egg is laid.

Schilde (Be) - 25/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Fantastic! Doesn't get any better, Johan.

26 Mar 2010 5:45am

@dang: Thanks Tom. If the macro-specialist says it doesn't get any better I better believe it .... still trying to improve , so this kind of comments just keep me going !

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Super zo dit lage standpunt en half uit de grond komend :)
Mooie plaat!

26 Mar 2010 9:13am

@Ralph: Soms moet je bijna plat op de buik he ... Vervelend was wel dat er tussen de nestplaats en de beek ernaast slecht een halve meter ruimte was... dat is bepaald niet veel om er geen natte voeten aan over te houden...

Behzad from Shi, Iran

wowwwwww very nice

26 Mar 2010 1:16pm

@Behzad: Thank you very much, Behzad. I'm glad you like it.

Florence from Paris, France

Impressive close-up ! Seems so big ! Perfect focus on its eyes.

26 Mar 2010 2:13pm

@Florence: Thank you, Florence. I learned that if the eyes are sharp the picture gives a lot better impression, so my goal is always to focus on that point. These bees are just average bee-size.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! Dat is nu eens een geslaagde macro !!! Prachtig gedaan Johan :)

26 Mar 2010 5:09pm

@Tamara: Dank je voor je lovende woorden, Tamara. Heeft me wel wat moeite gekost, maar ben zelf ook best tevreden over deze opname. Mooi weekend nog !

Steffie from Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands

Geweldige foto. Het is altijd een leuk gezicht die bijtjes uit de grond te zien komen en jij hebt het heel mooi vastgelegd.

26 Mar 2010 6:49pm

@Steffie: Steffie, uit je commentaar maak ik op dat je ze ook al hebt bezig gezien. Het is inderdaad fantastisch om ze een tijd in de gaten te houden. Nog mooier is eigenlijk als ze vol met stuifmeel beladen terugkeren. De pollen worden in grote gele pakketjes op de achterpoten bewaard. Wanneer ze aanvliegen duiken ze vrijwel meteen hun nest weer in en sluiten de ingang weer keurig af met zandkorrels. Ik heb daar ook een aantal foto's van, maar doordat ze met hun hoofd het hol induiken zie je enkel hun achterste - en dat is nu niet meteen hun meest fotogenieke kant :-)
Maak er nog een gezellig weekend van, Steffie en weerom bedankt

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wonderful photo and thank you for the detailed text.

26 Mar 2010 7:55pm

@Loner: Thank you, Sonja. I always like to do some "background-check" on the species I capture. So I try to understand a little more our lovely nature. All fits in its own place - wonderfull ! Have a wonderfull weekend !

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Ja kan niet anders dan sterren geven, I LOVE IT...
Heel fijn weekend

26 Mar 2010 8:24pm

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: Weerom bedankt voor je zo enthousiaste reactie, Patricia.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Allo Johan, alles goed met u? :) So you knew the bee was female how? I see you did some checking into the species but are the males and females easily distinguished from each other? Btw, excellent focus, you are right to go for the eyes, in any portrait eyes are important. As to your comment a day ago, I can handle a tiny bit of dutch, small words mostly otherwise I need a translator.

27 Mar 2010 2:22am

@Self-Indulgence: Alles prima, Kristen ! Nice you try some dutch - appreciated.
I know this one is a female because the males are less tall, come out later, and don't bring pollen to the nest as this one did. With this picture alone, you can't tell - but I observed them for about an hour or so... I'm not an entomologist, but I mostly do some research on my pictures. Always try to be as corect as possible on the specimens name and the information. For me it is important not only to make descent pictures of nature but also to try to understand ... Nature is so wonderfull. The more you know, the more you can appreciate and respect (That is my personal opinion).
Thanks for the interest. Hope you have a great weekend !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Great capture, Johan. I like the backlighting.

27 Mar 2010 2:51am

@Julie Brown: Thank you, Julie. I used a flash to brighten the subject, but left some room for the natural light in the background. Glad you like that.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Very beautiful macro and work !

27 Mar 2010 6:35am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Marie.

Steffie from Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands

Ik heb ze wel eens bezig gezien, maar nog niet dit jaar. Ben heel erg benieuwd naar je vervolg foto's.

27 Mar 2010 9:19am

@Steffie: Deze is ongeveer de vroegste stoort die vliegt. Je hebt dus nog ruim tijd voor andere soorten. Morgen een ander diertje, een ander verhaal - je merkt het wel :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I love this even more, with her crawling out of the ground! Sweet and funny and excellently focussed!

28 Mar 2010 10:07am

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks for all your comments again, Daniella. On my word-press blog you can see how these crawl out of the ground in a kind of series. The light was not so good that shoot, but I think the series shows the action quite well. Be welcome.

Frederike from Rostock, Germany

this picture is awesome!

5 Apr 2010 9:43am

Behzad from Shi, Iran

wow amazing

8 Apr 2010 7:08am

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm