A wildlife photographer Joe Neely captured two bees in a cuddling position and the pictures are extremely beautiful.
Neely told Bored Panda: “The story behind this photos [begins when] me and my fiancé Niccole went out to find poppy flowers,”
“On the way back we saw this patch of pink flowers just off the highway so we stopped to take some photos.”
“Niccole was shooting over this since orange Globe Mallow plant that was hidden inside all of these pink flowers and she heard the bees buzzing about,” the 38-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, said. “Then she notices that some of the flowers had bees in them but they were not moving.”
“I came over and study it for a while and more bees showed up. Soon, all the vacant flowers were occupied and this one bee was left out. She crawled over to this open flower and got inside with the other one. I was watching as he stumbled around almost drunk-like and then got settled in.”
“Wel,l I never knew that bees slept in flowers but as it turns out these bees (Diadasia diminuta) sleep in the orange flowers called Globe Mallows.” The Diadasia diminuta – or simply the globe mallow bee – collects pollen from its favorite food plant, globe mallow (Sphaeralcea).
According to Forest Service at the United States Department of Agriculture, “The bees become covered with pollen visiting the flowers [and] most of this pollen is groomed into the pollen basket on the hind legs and taken back to the nest,”
“However, some remains on the body and is deposited on the stigma of each of the next few globe mallow flowers visited. Thus, Diadasia contributes to globe mallow reproduction.’’
“They don’t have eyelids, so you can’t just look for bees with their eyes closed,” Brandon Hopkins, a bee researcher at Washington State University, said. “By carefully watching bees, scientists have found that honey bees stop moving their antenna and in some cases fall over sideways.”
“I used a Nikon d750 and a 150mm macro lens along with an R1C1 Nikon macro flash,” Joe said.
“I keep a respectable distance and don’t do anything that would change the subject’s behavior.
How macro photography is different is that your depth of field is very small or shallow because you are very close to something so tiny.So because of this, I like to shoot with an aperture around f16 to f20, in order to get as much in focus as possible.
This usually means there will be a need to introduce artificial lighting, like a flash.Now that may sound annoying but the best part about using a flash is that you don’t have to depend on a fast shutter speed for sharp images. Instead, you are freezing all movement(yours and the subjects) with the speed of light.
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