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Snoozing Resin Bee

I got lucky and found a snoozing Resin Bee. This is a new solitary bee for me as I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've photographed one. They look very similar to European Wool Carder Bees but the face is white instead of yellow.

Trachusa interrupta, male.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F14, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + 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. I held the grass stalk close to a wall to keep the background from being black.
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6000x4000px 2.47 MB
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 8, 2021, 7:56:16 AM
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DarkstripeShadowpaw's avatar

I never knew that so many bees sleep while clamping onto plants, but you've had lots of pictures of that behavior! Thanks.

dalantech's avatar

It's very common.

careas's avatar

Wow, gorgeous shot! :wow:

CreatureInTheClouds's avatar

Agreed with Redsterfish, crisp shot. How do you know it's snoozing though?

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I just know that's how they sleep, and it eventually woke up and took off.

Redsterfish's avatar

Unbelievable close crisp shot. The eyes are especially interesting, building up these blueish circles. Amazing! :)

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