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The hum of the bees collecting nectar for this year's honey production is very much in evidence in the meadows now, with the fields full of early spring flowers. V.2 is a fun capture, the little bee dressed in pollen from head to tail Smile

How honey is made....................

Honey bees obtain two things from flowers: nectar (for honey production) and pollen. As the female worker bee sucks nectar from flowers, it is stored in her special honey stomach which she uses as a "nectar backpack". This is completely separate from her digestive stomach although there is a valve connecting the two which she can open when hungry. This allows her to pass through some honey to be converted to energy for her own needs. After visiting between 150 to 1500 flowers, the honey stomach is full and almost equal in weight to bee herself. At this point the worker bee laboriously returns to the hive with her load.
The worker bees retuning to the hive laden with nectar are often confused with other workers returning with pollen (they never do both on the same trip). Worker bees have hair-like "baskets" on their hind legs and it is into these that they pack pollen grains while visiting flowers. These bees are easily identified because of the brightly colored orange (and sometimes yellow) pollen packed into their baskets. They present an almost comical appearance as they "waddle" about the hive carrying their oversized loads of pollen. The pollen is sometimes referred to as "bee-bread", and when mixed with honey forms the diet of the next cycle of brood being raised in the hive. When inspecting the brood combs of a hive, a multicolored ring of pollen can normally be observed encircling the brood in the center of the comb. A bee returning to the hive with a load of nectar is almost immediately greeted by other workers ready to relieve her of the load. A mouth to mouth transfer is normally done between a field bee and one of the hive bees as the adjacent photo shows. Notice the extended "tongues". The recipient bee processes the honey in its mouth and honey stomach by the addition of enzymes that break the complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars that is both more digestible by the bees and ultimately gives the honey its characteristic long "shelf life". Nectar returned to the hive at this point is barely recognizable as honey. The nectar initially is nearly 80% water with the remainder consisting primarily of complex sugars. After processing the honey with enzymes, small droplets are typically deposited on the upper side of a cell wall awaiting its final conversion into viscous honey with which we humans are acquainted. This conversion is largely an evaporation process which, in turn, is hastened by the warm temperature (95 degrees F) maintained in the hive and the movement of air across the honey combs. Leaving nothing to chance, the bees actually control the movement of air by fanning their wings in a coordinated effort. The buzzing sound coming from a hive (even at night when there is no flying) is due to this "forced evaporation" process. The end result is thick, viscous honey with a 17% - 18% moisture content.
In the peak summer months a worker bee literally works herself to death visiting flowers and transporting the precious cargo back to the hive. During this frenzied time of activity in preparation for the coming winter, a worker bee only lives approximately 35 days. At the end of her days, her wings become so frayed that her usefulness is over and she is rejected by the colony.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:nectar collectors
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:18 Feb 2013 - 6:23 AM
Tags:Bee, Close-up / macro, Close-up macro, General, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:72
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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 6:27 AM

Wow, Carol -- so this is how its done. You are the master. V2 is my favorite.
-=\Walter

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18 Feb 2013 - 6:43 AM

Superb and heart-warming, Spring is finally on its way. We had a lovely day here yesterday as well, felt good to feel the Sun again.

Andy

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 - 6:48 AM

In my humble opinion this guy is more effective collecting pollen than nectar Smile two great images Carol !

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18 Feb 2013 - 6:51 AM

V1 for me today..
A very nice set...


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andylea
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18 Feb 2013 - 7:16 AM

two beautys carol wonderful colour and detail v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
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achieverswales
18 Feb 2013 - 7:38 AM

I will never look at bees in the same light Carol, excellent write up, both good but V1 edges it.

Regards

Trev.

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18 Feb 2013 - 7:40 AM

Two terrific captures Carol, I'm in awe of how you do it... Are you really Dr Doolittle

Magnificent

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Caziwinkles
18 Feb 2013 - 7:53 AM

Two amazing images Carol together with fascinating information. The detail in your shots is terrific. Very, very well done. GrinGrinGrin

Carol

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LynneJoyce
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18 Feb 2013 - 8:23 AM

Two excellent shots.

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WhiteRose1
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18 Feb 2013 - 8:35 AM

.... and it tastes so good as well.... SmileSmileSmile Lovely images and informative write up, Carol.

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:36 AM

Two excellent shots, very informative.

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:36 AM

V1 for me Carol, excellent macro,
Fred.

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KarenFB
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18 Feb 2013 - 8:40 AM

An amazing write up - made me feel sorry for the poor bees!

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EMJAYCEE
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18 Feb 2013 - 9:03 AM

Will return to finish reading the interesting write up but the two shots are excellent Carol.
Joan.

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pluckyfilly
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18 Feb 2013 - 9:10 AM

Great duo today again, that camera of yours does you proud Carol

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sweetpea62
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18 Feb 2013 - 9:21 AM

Two stunning closeshots Carol,great write up..Lin

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digital_boi
18 Feb 2013 - 9:25 AM

fine captures as normal Carol and enjoyed the narrative
GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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18 Feb 2013 - 9:33 AM

Two Excellent images!!

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tonyng
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18 Feb 2013 - 10:22 AM

Fascinating read. Very educational indeed. Nice set of images Carol.

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SUE118
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18 Feb 2013 - 10:43 AM

The macro is amazing and clear. They must feel very heavy.

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AnnChown
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18 Feb 2013 - 10:52 AM

I love honey - a fascinating read, thanks Carol. I love v2 - I'm surprised he can fly!
Ann

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18 Feb 2013 - 10:54 AM

Always did admire those busy little fellows and now feel even more for them, poor wee things! Two beautiful images.

Ann

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18 Feb 2013 - 11:10 AM

Very informative Carol
and jolly good images too
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18 Feb 2013 - 11:34 AM

Se ve la miel..Excelente..

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18 Feb 2013 - 11:52 AM

Clever little creatures, aren't they? Next time I have some honey, I'll be thinking about all the effort that went into producing it...Smile Two excellent shots, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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18 Feb 2013 - 12:16 PM

Doing what bees do...his little saddle bags are really loaded.

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lonely_oryx
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18 Feb 2013 - 12:41 PM

V2 is an excellent illustration of bees at work

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basith
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18 Feb 2013 - 2:12 PM

stunning capture and good detail....

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18 Feb 2013 - 2:54 PM

2 great images Carol. v2 for me

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:21 PM

Beautiful capture in both nice detail & colours----------MilkyWink

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:22 PM

A great narrative to go with your wonderful images Carol.

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bricurtis
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18 Feb 2013 - 3:29 PM

V2 Carol - looks to be saturated with pollen.
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AnneWorner
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18 Feb 2013 - 3:45 PM

Thanks for all the information in your commentary.

Amazing the amount of pollen that attaches to them - evident in v1, but very special in v2.

Anne

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:04 PM

Two fascinating images Carol. V2 is a cracker one. Thanks for the information.
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18 Feb 2013 - 5:47 PM

Fantastic shots as always CarolSmileSmileSmile
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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 - 6:30 PM

Super captures and detail, Carol.

P.

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
18 Feb 2013 - 6:38 PM

Fabulous Carol. V2 looks a little suffocated with pollen SmileSmile

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18 Feb 2013 - 7:17 PM

Two awesome shots carol, the colour and detail is wonderful, my favourite is v2 Smile
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18 Feb 2013 - 7:51 PM

Evenin' Carol,
Just playing catch-up
Been a few things that needed my attentionSmile

Been the best day of the years so far - only about +7C, but no breeze and plenty of warm sunshineTongue

Away for a few days toward the end of the week - we can't waitWink

Adrian

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:08 PM

Superb macros Carol.

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:41 PM

Stunning Carol - well done. Love V2!! GrinGrin Lou

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18 Feb 2013 - 11:46 PM

V2 is really good, so much pollen!

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18 Feb 2013 - 11:47 PM

You've been as busy as a worker bee capturing these exceptional macro shots for us to peruse, I must say that v2 takes some beating. It's been a real hive of activity on here today!WinkGrin

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19 Feb 2013 - 9:11 AM

Wonderful detailed close-ups.

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20 Feb 2013 - 3:31 AM

Two fantastic shots which show so well what you have described so admirably Carol, would be invidious to pick one over the other!
Rgds., Jim
PS. Glad I'm not a bee GrinGrin

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20 Feb 2013 - 9:01 AM

v2 for me , love the sprinkles of pollen on him and the detail is also much better

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
20 Feb 2013 - 9:36 AM

V2. spot on Carol, great shot excellent detail, love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin thanks for the information very informative GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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20 Feb 2013 - 12:07 PM

WONDERFUL shots , Carol...........GrinWink

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srikanta
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21 Feb 2013 - 6:22 AM

Both are fine.

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24 Feb 2013 - 11:38 PM

Lovely-rendered Color Marcro's ~ Peter

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