Busy Bees.

17th September 2012: I took a few more shots of the bee nest today, just in case someone or something destroys it.

I moved in quite close to the nest and bees were buzzing around my head, but none attacked or stung me.





23 Comments on “Busy Bees.

  1. These are so wonderful, and so beautiful. I love bees, and I hope no one hurts them. There are beekeepers who will come and relocate them if you think they might be in danger.

    • We are getting advice on the best line of action to adopt. I hope they remain where they are, protected by a fence or a brash pile, perhaps. If they stay, we will do what we can to protect the bees.

      I think the queen will be at the centre of the nest. The bees on the outside, building the nest, are male worker bees, and they will die when their job is done. Next spring, new bees will emerge from the nest to pollinate the marsh plants; if they are free of the varroa virus. Anyway, we are doing what we can, and I will post any developments. 🙂

    • Technically, I feel the images are not very good. I think the symmetry and the low light conditions have fooled the camera autofocus.

    • No courage was involved, Garry. I’m just used to having insects whining and buzzing around my ears. If insects bothered me, macro photography would not be very enjoyable. I think if you are afraid of insect, you probably emit pheromones that excite the insects and encourage them to sting and bite – this might not be the case with mozzies and gnats. http://mike585.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/pesky-camera-fiddler/

  2. Fantastic shots! I don’t know how you dared to go so close, but I’m glad you did because the result is amazing. 🙂

    • Thank you. You must be a calm person if you are able to accept bees and wasps buzzing close to your head. 😉

  3. Just amazing images… I know people who relocate these hives, for protection, if they’re in danger of being destroyed by humans / development. It’s wonderful. They know what parts of the honeycomb are non-threatening, and to see the bees buzzing all around them, WOW.

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