I took this shot at Bongaon [a town near Kolkata].. This Honey Bee was sucking nectar from a flower..
About Honey Bee:-
Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognised species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognised. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.
Honey bees appear to have their center of origin in South and South East Asia (including the Philippines), as all but one (i.e. Apis mellifera), of the extant species are native to that region. Notably, living representatives of the earliest lineages to diverge (Apis florea and Apis andreniformis) have their center of origin there.
The first Apis bees appear in the fossil record at the Eocene–Oligocene (23–56 Mya) boundary, in European deposits. The origin of these prehistoric honey bees does not necessarily indicate that Europe is the place of origin of the genus, only that it occurred there at that time. There are few known fossil deposits in South Asia, the suspected region of honey bee origin, and fewer still have been thoroughly studied.
No Apis species existed in the New World during human times before the introduction of Apis mellifera by Europeans. There is only one fossil species documented from the New World, Apis nearctica, known from a single 14-million-year old specimen from Nevada.
The close relatives of modern honey bees—e.g. bumblebees and stingless bees—are also social to some degree, and social behavior seems a plesiomorphic trait that predates the origin of the genus. Among the extant members of Apis, the more basal species make single, exposed combs, while the more recently evolved species nest in cavities and have multiple combs, which has greatly facilitated their domestication.
Most species have historically been cultured or at least exploited for honey and beeswax by humans indigenous to their native ranges. Only two of these species have been truly domesticated, one (Apis mellifera) at least since the time of the building of the Egyptian pyramids, and only that species has been moved extensively beyond its native range.
Today's honey bees constitute three clades.
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ikeharel (56168) 2013-09-10 1:00
Good macro shot on the bee, Indrasish.
Superb clarity and green backdrop in most adequate to the scene.
Fine taken photo.
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-09-10 1:27
This is the kind of photography that fascinates me more and more.
You did really excellent job here Indrasish!
The "main star" is sharp and clear depicted,while background is so nicely blurred and separated from the main subject.
Another thing is the color scheme of the image with so captivating green shades.
Have a nice day my friend
Miguel82 (22937) 2013-09-10 1:44
I skip the others pictures I didn't comment yet to comment that one dear Indrashish, good close up of that bee drinking the nectar of that beautiful flower, excellent quality, the image is sharp with pleasant colors, kind regards
jhm (138344) 2013-09-10 3:39
Thank you very much for your interesting notes
Your picture is very well taken, I would the picture a little bit give more clarity than shall the bee better are ,to see in the composition.
Also the quality are very pleasant to look at.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, I can enjoy of this splendid work.
Very well done, TFS.
Nice day today,
Noel_Byrne (23344) 2013-09-10 4:53
Nice close up on this little bee, and I like the sense of motion in his wings. He is so different from the bees we have here, I would not recognize this were it not for your note! Fine depth of field, and the soft background and frame suit the image really nicely.
All the best
subhendu_bagchi (25613) 2013-09-10 6:55
hello dear brother, the composition is nice with the busy bee and the lovely tiny flower. Great colour tone and very well managed light. A nice one. Tfs.
lousat (75702) 2013-09-10 7:13
The pic is a bit dark but taken in a very difficult light,you caught very well the details and the colors of this bee,a very good macro,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
eldancer1 (27269) 2013-09-10 7:47
Awesome capture of this bee! Great pov and it has good dof with nice details. I like the soft lighting. Well done, tfs.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-09-10 10:02
Now a superb macro. You are leaving no area of the craft ignored.
Great colours with shallow DOF. A very good experiment. My compliments and best wishes,
Romano46 (17624) 2013-09-10 11:20
nella ripresa del mondo animale riesci ad esprimerti in maniera eccellente, così come nella ripresa di manifestazioni teatrali o folcloristiche.
Questa è una bella foto sia per la composizione molto curata che per i colori e la particolare luminosità del fiore che reagala una ulteriore nota piacevole.
Ciao e buona serata
PaulVDV (21965) 2013-09-10 11:53
A very beautiful close up view of that bee and the flower on a nice blurred green background.
Best regards, Paul