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Bumble-bees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair, called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumble-bees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
Like all bee tongues, the bumble-bee’s tongue (the proboscis) is a long hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The primary action of the tongue is lapping, i.e. repeated dipping of the tongue into liquid. During lapping, nectar is drawn up the proboscis by capillary action. When at rest or flying, the proboscis is kept folded under the head.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:bumble and proboscis
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:3 Jul 2012 - 5:42 AM
Tags:Bumble bee, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:80
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
3 Jul 2012 - 6:35 AM

Superb captures showing the details so well

Peter

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3 Jul 2012 - 6:36 AM

A lovely write up Carol & I do like V3 &V4....lovely detail & light.
There is a bit of a breeze here today...& the humidity is a bit lower...
Pauline.

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3 Jul 2012 - 6:41 AM

Superb shots Carol and an interesting write up.

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fentiger
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3 Jul 2012 - 6:57 AM

Great images with very interesting and informative write up.

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achieverswales

Three fantastic captures and a great write up Carol, shows how thick I am! I thought a bumble Bee was the same as an honey Bee DUHHHHH!

Regards

Trev.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2012 - 7:03 AM

Excellent and great set of images,Carol,very well done,
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2012 - 7:18 AM

Nice series of captures.
Matt

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annettep38
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3 Jul 2012 - 7:19 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmile
No3 is so funny, how she holds on to the tiny flower!
Well done!

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SUE118
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3 Jul 2012 - 7:32 AM

Excellent work.

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barbarahirst
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3 Jul 2012 - 7:36 AM

bumble bee lesson over ... thankyou ..Smile
And what wonderful images you have captured

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2012 - 7:58 AM

fantastic detail cracking colours and tones carol v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
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EAS
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3 Jul 2012 - 8:07 AM

Lovely images and great info.

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Badgerfred
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3 Jul 2012 - 8:16 AM

Super images, all show great detail,
Fred.

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Rock
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3 Jul 2012 - 8:19 AM

Fine detail in this tiny fellow.

Rock

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6158 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2012 - 8:29 AM

another great set carol v2 for me today nice detail.
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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
3 Jul 2012 - 8:33 AM

All 3 TOP *****Smile
Cor.

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danbrann
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3 Jul 2012 - 8:48 AM

A most wonderful description Carol, both in words and pictures.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2012 - 9:02 AM

Brilliant set Carol, and so interesting. I've given up trying to photograph bees - they move too fast. Smile
Chris

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RonnieAG
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3 Jul 2012 - 9:08 AM

Such interesting commentary from you, Carol........accompanies these fine shots.
Love V 3 with the front legs hooked around the trumpet of the bloom.
Excellent detail.
Ronnie.

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johnn_t
johnn_t  2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 - 9:18 AM

Nice macro how did you get it so sharp

Jt

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digital_boi
3 Jul 2012 - 9:29 AM

V2 for me today Carol but any one could stand on its own love the fine detail in v2 and thanks for the wee write up

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M_squared
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3 Jul 2012 - 9:29 AM

Great images and commentary.

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LynneJoyce
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3 Jul 2012 - 9:44 AM

Wow Carol, three cracking portraits plus an educative write up.

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sable
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3 Jul 2012 - 10:05 AM

A trio of excellent shots my favourite is V3 and what a lot of interesting facts within the narrative thank you for sharing xx

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Ade_Osman
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3 Jul 2012 - 10:34 AM

V2 Carol.....Good find again.

Ade

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CaroleS
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3 Jul 2012 - 10:40 AM

Good detail and interesting narrative Carol.
Carole

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Irishkate
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3 Jul 2012 - 10:43 AM

Three fine images and all the more so with your narrative.
Good for me with young grandchildren to explain things to.
thank you carol.
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RajaSidambaram
3 Jul 2012 - 12:30 PM

Terrific dagger like proboscis (V1), Lovely bristles (V2) and nice wings with anesthetic hug of the bee over the flower (V3). V3 is a rare capture, Carol. Honey & pollen collection so well depicted. - Raja.

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3 Jul 2012 - 12:33 PM

Well, I've learnt a bit about bees today, if nothing else! This bee a wonderful set of close-ups, Carol, and I'm torn between V2 & V3 as my fave Smile
Trev Smile

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NobbytheNobster

Great set as always...Carol Smile
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3 Jul 2012 - 1:37 PM

Another wonderful trio Carol,excellent work.

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3 Jul 2012 - 1:58 PM

Outstanding macro images Carol and i found out a lot more about bees today. All with superb detail and colour and i love the V3 pose.

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3 Jul 2012 - 2:19 PM

V 2 is spectacular & v 3 is an illustration suitable for science book. Great.

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3 Jul 2012 - 2:48 PM

As usual, an excellent set, Carol.
Tony

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3 Jul 2012 - 3:41 PM

Three cracking macros Carol with the Pano - congratulations on the UA

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3 Jul 2012 - 4:23 PM

Great images and informative write up. v2 for me

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jonwebber
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3 Jul 2012 - 5:41 PM

V3 is bang on.
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3 Jul 2012 - 5:55 PM

Top shots and a top narrative Carol

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Mike_Young
3 Jul 2012 - 7:43 PM

Great set of images Carol and super info to go with them

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LexEquine
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3 Jul 2012 - 7:51 PM

'A Triad of Superb, colorful, & well detailed Macros' ~ Peter

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3 Jul 2012 - 8:15 PM

V2 for me Carol - a good set.
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3 Jul 2012 - 8:21 PM

very interesting and full of detailSmile

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3 Jul 2012 - 11:52 PM

Another excellent set Carol,well done..Lin

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posty57
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4 Jul 2012 - 4:33 AM

beautifully captured Carol, as usual. Love V3...! Smile

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4 Jul 2012 - 7:03 PM

What an awesome set of macros Carol, v2 is my favourite

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4 Jul 2012 - 8:28 PM

V3 on this one, the eye is sooooooooooooooo cute!
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7 Jul 2012 - 8:34 AM

Just love v3 too ! All brilliant and interesting write up too .Gx

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