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Female Mason Bee

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I found this female Mason Bee in a Dandelion foraging for pollen on a cool morning, and when the sun went behind the clouds her metabolism tanked enough for me to get close. Those jaws look menacing, but they are actually very docile and excellent pollinators.

Not sure if this is a Osmia bicornis (Red Mason Bee) or a Osmia caerulescens (European Blue Mason Bee). I raise both, and it's tough to tell the females apart by looking at just a head shot.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (set to about 3x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT (E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I dragged the shutter and increased the ISO to expose for the natural light in the background. In post I used Topaz Sharpen AI and Clarity in that order.
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Image size
6000x4000px 3.37 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Apr 4, 2021, 11:28:20 AM
Sensor Size
22mm
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AymenTabib's avatar

awesome photo !

SuzuAoi's avatar

Waaaaw! Great!!! Beautiful photo!

Greetings!