Too much to do in too little time has kept me away from photography lately. I took some shots of this bumble bee with the Olympus 60mm Macro on the weekend and finally found 5 minutes to write a quick post – only because it is raining outside now.
This first one is a combination of two in-camera focus stacked images to get greater depth of field. All images here were taken hand-held. The detail is incredible, you can click on the images to zoom in – however, these are not full resolution.
It amazes me how these bees can fly given the size of their wings to that of their massive furry bodies, especially when they are carrying a load of pollen. Even their wings have hairs on them!
The large earth bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is common in Tasmania, where one queen was illegally introduced in the early 1990s. They were first observed in 1992 in Hobart and spread rapidly across the island. There is a risk that bumblebees could be introduced through sea or air travel to the Australian mainland.
They are feral and tend to move hive locations often so can not easily be kept for commercial purposes, but are great pollinators.