A Study In Lavender And Green
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I don’t know why but I really like this photo I took of a tiny Sweat Bee on a purple flower. I think it may have to do with the way the Sweat Bee’s deep green color matches the image’s background. Whatever, it pleases me.
Sweat Bees are true bees, members of the order Hymenoptera along with other bees, wasps, hornets, and ants. They get their name from the belief that they are attracted to perspiration. Like most bees Sweat Bees gather pollen: look closely at this insect’s hind legs and you’ll see that they’re covered with pollen. These bees are quite small. This individual is between 1/8th and 1/4 of an inch long. Sweat Bees have stingers and can sting to defend themselves. However, their stings are extremely mild and cause no harm. The most attractive feature of Sweat Bees is their color. Different species of Sweat Bee come in a range of different colors and patterns. There are several green species of Sweat Bee living in our local desert.
Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, f13 @ 1/160.