For most this will be a "So What" image but for me (and I hope other macro-nuts) its something very special
For many years I have been watching and photographing how bees feed with shots of the tongue out, feeding, leaving or entering the flower and so on but never captured the shot I really wanted, to show how the complex tongue (made of seven parts) splits and collapses to pack into the mouth (it usually shows as a tube, sometimes if you are lucky as a tube with little feelers on the end)
In this series of shots, obtained over the last two days I have managed to do this - at last!
They may lack something technically but I would ask you to remember this all happens in micro seconds, as the bee is moving and so it has to be shot hand-held "on the go" - you don't get a second chance
(for anyone who wants to know the detailed anatomy this may be of interest
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