A male Long-Horned Bee

Post on July 4, 2012 Bees, Wasps and Hornets BugsMacro


Spring is great for macro, cooler temperature in the 50s gets you an hour window finding sleeping critters before the sun hits. The warmer it gets, the sooner they get up. So, there’s race against time on a calmed morning locating your subject. I found this male Long-Horned bee and managed couple poses before it spread his wing and gone with the wind. It was practically no wind that morning, and lucky this green-eyed hairy sleeping beauty shown up. Bees are highly active, always on the move so it’s no way i get this guy still at sub-second exposure if wouldn’t for the right temperature and absence of wind.

They get their name from the long antennae, obviously, about twice their body length.

  • Canon, EOS 1D Mark IV
  • EF 180mm F3.5L USM Macro
  • ISO 100, 0.6s, F16 ,360mm
  • Farmers Branch, Texas
  • May 22, 2912
A male Long-Horned Bee

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