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Bubble Blowing Bee

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When I found this bee I wasn't sure what it was doing, but it didn't seem skittish so I decided to try and take a shot. When I looked through the view finder I realized that it was blowing a bubble, and every other second or so it would stick its proboscis out. The prevailing theory is that insects blow bubbles to expose their stomach contents to the air to aid beneficial bacteria in breaking down what they've eaten.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/100, ISO 200) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 2x) + a diffused MT-26EX RT (E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Clarity in that order.
Image size
6000x4000px 2.38 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/100 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jun 20, 2020, 12:17:25 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 18.0 (Windows)
Sensor Size
22mm
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wild-images's avatar
wild-imagesHobbyist Photographer

Amazing shot !

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Aviari20Hobbyist Digital Artist

bug burp?

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dalantechHobbyist Photographer

I think it's to aid digestion. They can also do it to cool down, but it wasn't hot when I took that photo.