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photoblog image Japanese Carpenter Bee [2/5]

Japanese Carpenter Bee [2/5]

She has a potent beak, which she can use to collect nectar, excavate a nest in dry wood, clean her brood and defend her nest. Here she is digging into the base of a pea fruit to obtain sweet juice.

Japanese Carpenter Bee [2/5]

She has a potent beak, which she can use to collect nectar, excavate a nest in dry wood, clean her brood and defend her nest. Here she is digging into the base of a pea fruit to obtain sweet juice.

comments (11)

Another outstanding macro Ray. I see you have been a very busy bee with these photos, exceptional color and clarity.
Ray: She was a fine model, Frances...tolerated my fumbling presence very well!
  • marina
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2011, 04:50
fantastic work. great colour.
Ray: Thank you, Marina. I enjoy trying to get clear images of these wonderful critters.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2011, 07:57
A very versatile thing Ray
Ray: Her beak seems more capable than our jaws, Chris.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 15 Nov 2011, 08:00
Sharp bits at both ends then Ray. What an incredible she.
Ray: She's a loner, Chad, so does not have the backup of a whole clan/hive...she must be able to fend for herself and her brood.
That is a fearsome appendage Ray
Ray: One heck of a chisel, Bill...her preference is for dry hardwood.
Great macro Ray... and just what does this carpenter sex worker build... houses for other sex workers...petersmile


[grin]
Ray: She builds [excavates, really] a nest in dry hardwood, Peter. It is home to her brood and, when they grow up, they will all [females and males] be practicing sex workers like their Mum.
  • Alan
  • Near Romsey, UK
  • 15 Nov 2011, 11:07
I expect foe her size, her beak is quite a considerable tool. A cracking image, Ray.
Ray: It is an amazing implement, Alan.
Holy cow! With a beak like that she could be a bird.
Ray: She's not that much smaller than a Flowerpecker or a Sunbird, [or a Hummingbird,] Mary.
I guess all your blurb could be a euphemism for 'milking it'.

;-)
Ray: Hmmmmmm!
Could be that, Richard, although these bees are not particularly known for playing brass instruments...
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Nov 2011, 13:28
If she were to sting you does it come from her tail end or does she bite you with her beak! I think either would be quite vicious looking at her, lovely capture Ray smile
Ray: The sting is in the tail end, Linda. It is not the usual bee stinger with barbs, though, as she needs to survive her aggressive act so she can take care of her brood.
One terrible monster, and beatiful photo, Ray. Salud!
Ray: Thank you, psilicosis. It is interesting to me that, despite her rather severe look, she is basically just a very hard-working and devoted Mum.

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sensitivity ISO250
focal length 400.0mm
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