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European Carder Bee IV
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Published: January 25, 2018
Technique: I found this European Wool carder bee snoozing on a Lavender stalk before sunset and woke up early the next morning to photograph it before it warmed up and got active. I placed an artificial flower in the background to keep the background from being black. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC).
Image size
4000x6000px 4.68 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
May 28, 2016, 10:26:46 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.0 (Windows)
Sensor Size
14mm
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DarioKormanjec's avatar
DarioKormanjec|Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! DeviantArt 
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Thanks :)
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dalantech|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Ancient--One|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You deserve it.
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Epic portrait. Does she actually have three extra eyes up there?
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dalantech|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

Yup, but they are simple light sensors. When the shadow of a predator falls across them the critter can triangulate the speed and angle of the attack, so they know when and in what direction to dodge.
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
I never knew this about these critters, always thinking they had only two compound eye sets. Knowing this new info invokes me to study them much deeper... Your pictures will help greatly in that regard, since you have a talent for getting in really close.
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Thanks :)
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