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Carpenter Bee
Sep 21, 2020 20:43:02   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
This is my preserved Carpenter Bee that I keep in the freezer. I pulled it out today to see how it was holding up and I staged it for a focus stacking session at 5X magnification. Because it was cold from being in the freezer condensation was forming on it under the lights. Rather than let it warm and dry I chose to shoot while the condensation was forming on its eye.

What I find to be interesting is how the hairs that are along the lower left hand side of its eye look like evergreen trees instead of the typical single strand hair.

The 'Carpenter Bee' gets its name because they bore holes in wood to lay their eggs. I swear that I could not do a better job with a drill bit. The males do not have stingers and although a female may they are essentially harmless although they do posture in an aggressive way at times.

The females only lay a few eggs in their lifetime and the males die shortly after mating like this one that I found where they pepper the timbers of our old outdoor dog runs.


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Sep 22, 2020 06:54:14   #
docshark Loc: Long Neck, DE
 
Very interesting shot Gary. I think the water droplets add to the shot.
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Sep 22, 2020 08:29:40   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
A metallic look! Excellent work Gary!!

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Sep 22, 2020 09:10:30   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
docshark wrote:
Very interesting shot Gary. I think the water droplets add to the shot.
>i<Doc


Thanks, Doc. The condensation gave me an opportunity to practice my artistic side.

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Sep 22, 2020 09:12:17   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
ecobin wrote:
A metallic look! Excellent work Gary!!


Thanks, Elliott. Just enjoying more of my favorite pastime and sharing it with others here.

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Sep 22, 2020 12:25:01   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
The condensation really adds something here, sippy.

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Sep 22, 2020 12:55:34   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
kpmac wrote:
The condensation really adds something here, sippy.


Thanks, Kpmac. Looks like there could be some heavy rain coming your way so stay high and dry.

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Sep 23, 2020 09:38:04   #
raymondh Loc: Walker, MI
 

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Sep 23, 2020 09:41:54   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
raymondh wrote:


Thanks for stopping by.

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Sep 25, 2020 13:50:49   #
EnglishBrenda Loc: Kent, England
 
Very professional as usual.

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Sep 25, 2020 14:07:12   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
EnglishBrenda wrote:
Very professional as usual.


Thanks, Brenda. I found the condensation to add some interest to the bees eye and I wanted to share it with others.

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