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253. Thistle Do

2010.09.10
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Use the magnifying glass to escape the confines of Photoblog's narrow width policy.
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Some photos are interesting because they are well taken; they are well composed, well lit and have a certain clarity to them. Others are of interest because they capture a particular incident happening. I hope that this picture falls into the second group, because it certainly doesn't fall into the first.

Here we see a bee and a peacock butterfly fighting over a thistle. As the butterfly pokes its tongue out, the bee holds out a leg to stop it.

If I'm right the bee is a Psithyrus Rupestris, this is a type of cuckoo bee. So named because of the way it chooses to rear its young - or not.
16 Comments
????? A karate-bee? ;-) cool capture of this interesting mega-mini bug world
????? · 2010-09-10: 16:27
Lynda Great shot
Lynda · 2010-09-10: 17:02
MariaMatos Very good macro!
MariaMatos · 2010-09-10: 17:12
lookagain Whoa, that is a very timely capture....excellent!! Hehe..."photoblog's narrow width policy"....I love it ;)))
lookagain · 2010-09-10: 18:43
HoosierAtHeART Great post!
HoosierAtHeART · 2010-09-10: 19:23
farideh Wow very lovely post.
farideh · 2010-09-11: 01:50
Ryana How well seen of you, amazing!!!
Ryana · 2010-09-11: 04:18
GKorts Lucky you to get this moment and lucky us having a magnifying glass
GKorts · 2010-09-11: 06:25
????? Great shot again! :)
????? · 2010-09-11: 07:20
Goldbrandi Oh..nice! :))
Goldbrandi · 2010-09-11: 10:14
onlyricky Psithyrus rupestris is correct!
and I know what you mean about the 2 sides!
I usually put mine in the side 2, because I want to show it, not to make pictures sharp and macros!lol
onlyricky · 2010-09-11: 10:46
nikito Very beautiful set!!!
nikito · 2010-09-11: 11:58
girafferacing What a fascinating moment in nature - I'm glad you posted it.
girafferacing · 2010-09-11: 15:34
jennye Oh wow, this is fantastic!!!
jennye · 2010-09-11: 16:10
wildduck Very beautiful!
wildduck · 2010-09-12: 10:56
????? Brilliant work Jon :-))
????? · 2010-09-15: 19:15
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