Bumblebee Exiting Flower


©Pat Casteen

Pretty good sized bumblebee decided to get some nectar just as I was taking some pictures of some closed flowers. Pretty much threw himself into the flower, rolled around a bit, then crawled out and flew around to the next.

Was dusk and windy when I took these and handheld with no flash(1/30 sec). Decided the only way to get a good shot was to prefocus on the top of the flower and wait for him to emerge, this is one of three that he wasn’t moving too fast to get a clear shot. Taken with my Olympus OMD EM-5 and adapted Fujinon 55mm lens, manual focus.


2 thoughts on “Bumblebee Exiting Flower

  1. Was it striped, or all black? In that case, it might have been a carpenter bee. Unlike bumblebees, carpenter bees are solitary and make nests in soft old wood.

    • Thanks for the info, John. Hadn’t heard of carpenter bees before. Appears this was a female, as the males here are supposed to be golden with green eyes. Don’t remember ever seeing one of the males, will be keeping an eye out.

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