This weekend, the local honeybees were giving some echinacea blooms in our yard a good workover, so I thought I was overdue in documenting their work.
Normally, the bees seem to prefer working solo. But even though we’ve got a swath of echinacea for them to work on, sometimes they need to “double up” in order to keep working. I used an Olympus E-M1 and 60mm macro for this shot, BTW.
Another shot from the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado â€” this time of some honeybees in an indoor display case:
Youâ€™ve probably seen them, those honeybee cases in botanical gardens and such. The honeybees get to build their hive indoors, with a tube leading outside to an area with flowers. Meanwhile visitors get to see them hard at work.
I discovered something on this visit â€” regardless of the temperature indoors, the honeybees seem to be far less active when itâ€™s cold outside. Even though I had my ring flash, I think the beesâ€™ slow motions helped me get a nice, sharp image here. Unfortunately, you can also see a little bit of a smudge on the glass over on the left side of this shot.
Originally posted to the old blog on January 5, 2009; on Flickr over here.