Bees and Japonica alba



In the Pink


Texture Tuesday – Flower Power

I spent a short time today lying on my grass, observing and photographing dandelions and bees.  I have used one shot for this week’s Texture Tuesday image.  This has two layers of KK’s textures – “Paper stained music” and “Fall in”, at multiply and soft light modes respectively.  I had difficulty deciding on the colour for the quotation as dark colours appeared too harsh and light ones too bright – I eventually settled on this after a lot of trial and error!


These are some of the other photos I took:-

Texture Tuesday – Free and Easy Edition…..a bit late

A bit late this week, things have been hectic and even this was done in a hurry!  Textured with one of KK’s Magic textures at reduced opacity and Edith from the Downton Collection.  Hope you like it.


My apologies to those whose comments have recently gone unacknowledged…..they are very much appreciated and I am sorry for so doing, but there has not been much computer time in the last week or so.  I shall endeavour to be better in future.

Some recent macros…..bees and other insects.

Please click on any of these for a large image…….

Macro magic…..

Spotted this rather  beautiful moth near the lake this morning…….it looks like a malevolent fairy!




And a hard working, heavily laden bee…..



The Raspberry patch is alive with the sound of bees……..

Insects and a Spider.

Macro shots from the garden today.

A Tale of Two Bees….

I used to keep bees, and am well used to having them in the garden.  They are often a favourite subject on my daily photo foraging expeditions around the property, even though I have developed a good eye for other interesting or unusual creatures. You may recall in January I posted a photo of a bee species that I had not seen before in the seven years I have lived with this garden.  It was a Blue Banded Bee, or Amegillia cingulata, an Australian native bee with a very distinctive appearance –  it is a bit plumper than the well known honey bee and instead of yellow stripes, it has beautiful turquoise ones, the number of which indicates the gender.  This one had four, so that makes it a female.

I have seen a few since then, but they are not at all common, despite this place being flower filled and overgrown through the summer.

Two days ago I saw this little bee resting on the top of a water reed near the lake, another one I had never seen before and had no idea of its identity.  It was that colour – navy blue and white, and quite small.  Initially when I saw it (without my glasses) I though it was the remains of a dragonfly or another insect that had been caught or killed by something.  It was only when I looked closer and through the lens I realised it was a bee and alive.

I went searching online to see if I could find out what it was, thinking it might be a Cuckoo Bee, and this was later confirmed by a contact at the Melbourne Museum.  It is a native bee with the very grand name of Thyreus caeruleopunctatus, but it does not collect pollen like most bees.  It is called a cuckoo bee because it steals the pollen of other bees by entering their nest, eating the other bee’s egg and then laying her own egg on the pollen mass – a bit like the Cuckoo bird which lays its eggs in another bird’s nest.  Interestingly, the only bee on which this bee is parasitic is the Banded Blue Bee mentioned above – perhaps that is why one does not see very many of them.  I was invited to have this photo added to an online data base of Australian pollinators, and was delighted to accept.  You can see now my image again here, which is a bit of a thrill, and find out more about this beautiful but sneaky bee on the Australian Pollinators website.

Garden shots……end of Summer

Some photographs from the garden, taken over the last few days…..mostly macro as usual, with my beloved Canon 550D and 100mm macro lens.

Down by the lake early in the morning

Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium - white

Seed heads of Dierama pendulum

Imperial Jezabel - Delias harpalyce

Seed head of Nigella

Honey Bee on Sedum flower

Blowing Bubbles on a rose petal - this fly was minute maybe 3mm in length.

Another Fly, another bubble....

Posted today for the Creative Exchange.