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Pollen Covered Blue Mason Bee II

By dalantech
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While trying to photograph this male Blue Mason on a Dandelion he crawled onto my finger. After working with a critter for a few minutes they acclimate to me and stop viewing me as a threat. Small solitary bees like this one can feel the heat coming off of my skin and will climb on to get warm.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT with a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe on the "A" head (the key), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Denoise AI and Clarity in that order. Shutter and ISO set to expose the sky in the background.
Image details
Image size
6000x4000px 3.87 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
Mar 13, 2021, 1:08:14 PM
Sensor Size
22mm
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evinrude2014's avatar

Outstanding, pollen-packed macro!

This adorable and terrifying at the same time. Lovely!!!!!

DarkstripeShadowpaw's avatar

Do the male bees do anything with the pollen they pick up? Do they eat any of it?

dalantech's avatar

Not that I know of. They just spread it around.