Another Leafcutter Bee waits to emerge - and some beehouses. FZ200

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Another Leafcutter Bee waits to emerge - and some beehouses. FZ200
3 months ago

After 11 months in the 9mm bamboo tube, this Leafcutter Bee has burst out of its pupa/chrysalis, chewed through its rose leaf mummy-wrap and is building up strength to face the world.

It is well down the tube in the dark and hardly visible to the naked eye, and with close-up macro the onboard flash would have plunged the bee itself into shadow, so I used tele-macro, 12mp, 600mm from about 4 feet (1 meter) away, spot focus on the tube end, Manual mode, 100 ISO, f5 and 1/160 sec, flash compensation 0. This is a 50% crop reduced to 966x725px.

This bee is in the Mk 2 of my 7 beehouses, all home-made except the Mk 1, which was bought.

If anyone is interested I'll post a few pics showing more detail of them.  Note that all the beehouses except the Mk 1 have 1/2" (12mm) wire mesh on the front to exclude Woodpeckers, following a terrorist attack by a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in 2013.

Mike

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