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This is the season for many cacti to flower. Each day I check in my greenhouse for new flowers opening. Today I made such a check and found a flower (Turbinocarpus alonsoi) which was open on previous days had a bee in it but no ordinary bee.

This was a Mason Bee, Osmia. I think it was O. leaiana, one I had not seen before, although it is quite a common species. The yellow facial hair makes it a female, the males having white hair. These bees are about 1 cmm long.

The bee was resting and remained in place while I went indoors to fetch my camera and stayed there while I took photos. The only movement it made was the occasional repositioning of an antenna, something I had to watch out for with stereo pairs.

When I returned a few minutes after the session, it was flying around in the greenhouse. Expecting a difficult time trying to release it, I was surprised that it settled on my approaching hand and did not fly off until we were outside.

The stereos are crosseye and use the uncropped images. The single frames have been cropped.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/80 at 10 (first two) or 1/30 at f11, hand-held.

Harold



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May 10, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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I enjoyed these images and the narrative, especially the part about the bee perching on your hand until you went outside. Thanks for the share.


May 10, 2019 at 01:07 PM
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jdc562 wrote:
I enjoyed these images and the narrative, especially the part about the bee perching on your hand until you went outside. Thanks for the share.


Thanks. I just added its size, a bit smaller than a honey bee.

Harold



May 10, 2019 at 01:33 PM
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The first dose it for me Harold

Morris



May 10, 2019 at 02:33 PM
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A lovey set Harold. 3 stands out ~ Ron


May 10, 2019 at 04:36 PM
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e6filmuser wrote:
Thanks. I just added its size, a bit smaller than a honey bee.

Harold


Thanks for the size info. I had imagined the flower and bee were around 1.5x that size.



May 10, 2019 at 04:54 PM
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Lovely series of shots and stereos Harold.
Not so sure about the ID though.

Brian V.



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LordV wrote:
Lovely series of shots and stereos Harold.
Not so sure about the ID though.

Brian V.


Thanks, Brian.

I saw a typical male, on tree foliage, later on but he didn't hang around. The name is secondary.

Harold



May 11, 2019 at 12:33 AM
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I really like these Harold. The bee coming out of the flower covered in pollen tells a story and makes the images dynamic.

Tim



May 12, 2019 at 09:09 AM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
I really like these Harold. The bee coming out of the flower covered in pollen tells a story and makes the images dynamic.

Tim


Thanks Tim.

It was very much a one-off. I have been cultivating many hundreds of cacti each year for over 50 years. I have seen the occasional bumble bee or honey bee in a flower but never one of these and never one so static for so long.

Harold



May 12, 2019 at 09:16 AM
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Beautiful set Harold.

Birdie



May 13, 2019 at 11:25 AM
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birdied wrote:
Beautiful set Harold.

Birdie


Thanks, Birdie.

Harold



May 13, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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Delightful!
the pollen makes all of these awesome



May 22, 2019 at 04:01 AM
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hayath wrote:
Delightful!
the pollen makes all of these awesome


Thanks, Hayath.

When we got our first decent macro lenses (1980s?) we started seeing "dust" in our flower images.

Harold



May 22, 2019 at 04:20 AM







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