Bee Off

by Jarvo J September. 05, 2016 1476 views


The following series shows the movement of a bee as it leaves a flower. The entire sequence took less than half a second. Each exposure is 1/1600. It is the same bee as in the post Flight of the Bumble Bee from 1st September 2016, Probably Bombus hortorum, though it could be Bombus jonellus, Bombus ruderatus or perhaps something else.  The flower is Bindweed, Calystegia septum.


1. Deep in the flower

2. Take a step back

3. A quick turn around

4. A step up the side

6. And another. Note - at this point any wing movement still appears frozen at 1/1600

6. On the edge - wings now moving rapidly

7. Take Off - which seems to be sideways.

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Kara Bana 3 years, 11 months ago

I know what you mean re the calendar being gone.angry That's why I didn't post for many months, I wanted to catch up, but can't.

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Helen Hooker 5 years ago

Fabulous set - I still find it amazing that they can fly at all when they seem to un-aerodynamic!

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Becky Brannon 5 years ago

Love the post! People need to realize just how important bees are to the health of our planet!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years ago

They have been so busy this year love watching them work great shots.

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Jay Boggess 5 years ago

Fascinating series, Jon! Nice work!

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