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Mr. Saddlebags

By ChiliMan
First off, V2 is completely unrelated to V1 (well, duh!) and is actually related to yesterday’s upload. I’d mentioned the house lizards we normally get, ya? The tea-coloured ones? Well, V2 here is our common house lizard. About 3 inches long.

NOW THEN…V1. This was taken at HortPark on Wednesday. I’d actually approached a clump of ornamental banana plants to get pics of the flowers. When these bees droned in.

This was the best shot I got although the bigger bee ain’t in focus. Now check out the smaller one – Mr. Saddlebags. Anyone know what those white clumps are? Normally the clumps are yellow, aren’t they?

Love the response to yesterday’s lizard, by the way Smile


Tags: Insects Flower Flowers and plants Bees Banana Singapore Ornamental Wildlife and nature Musa Sports and action

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Jun 2012 10:06AM
Not all pollen is yellow, so that would be my guess. Love the image itself because of all the colours, I wouldn't worry about the large bee being on the soft side. The composition is excellent and it's been superbly presented.....Great stuff Andrew.


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Jun 2012 10:06AM
Two super images, Andrew. I think the white sacks are pollen, taken from a white flower. I see bees here with various colours of pollen in their sacks, particularly orange and mauve. Carol
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
1 Jun 2012 10:11AM
Two lovely shots Andrew. V1 is very artistic, and V2 is just cute. Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:49AM
A couple more excellent images here Andrew.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 11:12AM
two wonderful captures andrew brilliant detail dantastic colours v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
1 Jun 2012 11:28AM
V1 is so well done, the colors and the way you have composed it is first rate. I suspect the pollen of that flower is white, thus the white "saddlebags".
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 12:07PM
V1 is surreal .....true art
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 12:53PM
WOW! My macro work is rubbish at the moment so I am particularly impressed by V1. Love the house Lizard in 2 though, enchanting.
tmann 13 4 2 United States
1 Jun 2012 1:36PM
V2 is interesting, but V1 is outstanding!
Stunning macro, superb clarity, light, and timing
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 2:38PM
v1 is amazing Andrew - it's like another world with that huge flower and the tiny wee bee with the pollen legs. v2 is very cute... glad to make his acquaintance.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Jun 2012 3:27PM
no 1 for me ! beautiful shades apart from all the other lovely things
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 5:48PM
2 super shots.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Jun 2012 7:23PM
Great composition, Andrew. The flower is amazing. To get the bee on the end of an anther (?) is doubly amazing, and the flying bee is exceptional work.

1 Jun 2012 8:12PM
Fabulous image in v1, like v2 as well
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 9:13PM
This is an incredible capture, Andrew, and I have no hesitation in giving it my UA.

The color of the pollen can identify the pollen source, and varies greatly, ranging through browns, purples, oranges and yellows.
Did you know that most bees possess a structure called the scopa, which is a dense mass of branched hairs into which pollen is pressed, with pollen grains held in place in the narrow spaces between the hairs? Female bees periodically stop foraging and groom themselves to pack the pollen into the scopa, which is on the legs in most bees, and on the ventral abdomen on others, and modified into specialized pollen baskets. They carry an electrostatic charge, which aids in the adherence of pollen.

Some more interesting information here . I think I need some of thatTongue!!!
9 10 10 England
1 Jun 2012 9:50PM
Two top shots Andrew. Brilliant detail.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:10PM
brilliant captures, love the lizard
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
1 Jun 2012 11:34PM
Outstanding macrowork Andrew, the colours, detail and clarity can not be faulted. I think Pamela has answered all of your questions.
Super macro work.. A wonderful frame filler of colour, beautifully composed with the additional visitors for interest.. Great work
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
2 Jun 2012 11:25AM
Very Impressive!! firstly the fabulous colours of the flower, then the perfect muted green bg, and an in flight bee to top it all off.
Congrats on the UA's, has made my shortlist too Grin
btw i dont think i could get used to the house lizards!
lesley x
bill33 Plus
7 36 1 Scotland
2 Jun 2012 8:52PM
Wonderful capture with the Olympus Andrew, fantastic detail and as always the trademark Oly Colours, beautifully done, Bill.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
5 Jun 2012 5:55AM
V1 is a wonderful colourful shot Andrew, I think the saddlebags have been fully explained by now!
Rgds., Jim
evelen 13 5 England
7 Jun 2012 6:32PM
wonderful captures colour and detail Andrew.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
8 Jun 2012 3:09PM
A great shot of the little bee, Andrew.

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