To bee, wasp, or not bumblebee — “H” stories voting reminder

On my previous bug post HERE <<<this is a link I mentioned I used to photograph bugs . . . and if one wants a bit of proof, I have a SmugMug Folder <<<this is a link dedicated just to bugs.

Side note: some might wonder why I started adding “<<<this is a link” after links. Well, it turns out that if you read these posts on a phone — and depending on the browser — you might not see the underline signifying a link. Of course, the capitalized word should be a big hint, but some links are tied words in a sentence. I figure pointing to the link will increase the chance that someone who might be interested will recognize it as such.

Anyway, while not bad, I wasn’t super-thrilled with those photos. That’s why I went out a week later and snapped additional shots with more care and purpose.

As usual, you can click on the photo for a larger version, but there’s also a SmugMug gallery (HERE<<<this is a link). The SmugMug gallery offers a true 1:1 view, but only 20-30% larger because most of these are crops of larger photos.

Either clicking on the photos or the gallery at the end gives you a better quality version than the compressed version WP squeezes in the post.

Anyway, the above photo is of a bee. There were a decent number of them on the bush, but they didn’t sit still long enough for me to get more than a few shots. 

Here’s a closeup of the flowers . . .

I should have put something next to them to show the relative size . . .

. . . how about a wasp?

I have a lot of photos, so I’ll show similar photos in small galleries . . .

Like the bee in the first shot, it’s drinking nectar from the side of the pistil.

Here’s a bee that sat long enough for me to get a couple of decent shots.

If you are interested in identifying bugs, the internet offers up lots of excellent sites in addition to Wikipedia. For instance, HERE, and  HERE <<<both are links.

For this post, I was mainly concerned with the difference between a solitary (carpenter) bee<<<this is a link and a bumblebee<<<this is a link.

There are whole sites dedicated to explaining the difference and many include photos (HERE, HERE, <<<both are links). The problem is they give a confusing verbal description and then I see photos that blur the line between them.

To the best that I can work out, this is a solitary/carpenter bee.

For them who won’t click on the gallery, here’s a decent shot . . .

. . . probably worth clicking on it for the better, larger version . . .

The last shot in that set shows what I call “ghost wings”, the bee’s secondary wings that lock to the primary wings when in flight and unhook when resting so that they can be folded back.

Here’s a better shot of them . . .

If you scroll back up to the wasp’s gallery, the first shot shows the wasp’s ghost wings.

This next photo is probably my favorite . . .

I’ve been trying for years to get a decent shot of a bee in flight. I’ve gotten a few good shots, but this is one of my better ones. My prior successes can be seen in HERE.<<<this is a link

Here’s a gallery of this obliging fellow . . .

Of that set, here’s a couple I like . . .

And, here we are back looking at a wasp . . .

OK, I got to go, but if you have it within your heart to read and vote on the “H” stories, please do so. You can vote for your favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge H-Stories” HERE.<<<this is a link

That’s also where you can find links to the stories in case you want to read them before voting (you should totally do that). Meanwhile, the gallery of all the above photos in random order:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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