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Close up pictures of bumblebees – our chubby insect friend

July 30th, 2007 · 15 Comments

Picture of a bumblebee
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on July 23rd, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

I have always been fascinated by bumblebees and whenever I get the opportunity I try to photograph these chubby insects. It’s not always so easy because they can be very camera shy and get annoyed if you get too close.

In the first picture you can see a bumblebee relaxing on a leave. If you click the picture and look at it large you can see that bumblebees have claw like feet. Must be great to have feet like that when you are clinging to flowers.

Pictures of a bumblebee in a crocus flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on May 6th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

Here you can see a bumblebee head down in a crocus flower (mooning to the camera!). Notice the pollen on its behind. Bumblebees are important pollinators in nature.
They are also been used as pollinators in agriculture. When I studied organic farming we had a bumblebee nest inside the tomato greenhouse to pollinate our tomato plants. Let me tell you that the bumblebees did a fantastic job. Never tasted such yummy tomatoes before.

Pictures of a bumblebee on a tansy flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on July 29th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

Here you can see a bumblebee feeding on tansy flowers (Tanacetum vulgare).
According to Wikipedia bumblebees are endangered in many countries because of the destruction of natural habitats and the use of pesticides.
So please stop using pesticides and look into organic farming/gardening 🙂

Information about the pictures:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Andørja, Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Bumblebees · Flower · Insect · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Summer

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steve // Jul 30, 2007 at 5:01 pm


    Your photos really are the bee’s knees 🙂

    Excellent work!


  • 2 awannabe // Jul 30, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    thats really cool
    I haven’t seen any around this summer because of the mysterious bee disease going on

  • 3 shaun // Jul 30, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    amazing pics.. I haven’t seen too many bumble bees this year either and I didn’t know they were endangered in some areas.

  • 4 Debo Hobo // Jul 30, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Bubble bees are like the king of the flower batch aren’t they.

  • 5 Purple Lady aka Pat // Jul 30, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Great pictures we love them

  • 6 Grimly Fiendish // Jul 30, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    One of the more cuter insects. Love the photos.

  • 7 JaniceNW // Jul 31, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Your pictures are beautiful and so brightly detailed. I love your insect pictures!

  • 8 Cat // Jul 31, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Wow, these are beautiful shots. I love how bees always seem so focused and aware of their surroundings at the same time. Cat

  • 9 RennyBA // Jul 31, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Your photos are breath taking and this macro bee pictures was no exception. Very well captured!

  • 10 Jolly Green Girl // Jul 31, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Who knew bumblebees could look so cute and cuddly. 🙂

  • 11 Josh Lane // Aug 14, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Thomas… may I offer the same words I did for Earl of Earl’s World (he had a great bee shot, too).

    “To bee, or not to bee?” that is the question.

    To bee is the answer, based upon your capture.

    Nice work.

  • 12 Purple Lady aka Pat // Aug 14, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Keep them coming we love them.

  • 13 Chris // Aug 17, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    My son did about bees at school and found the pictures very helpful

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  • 15 Lois Harach // Jun 22, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I’m in a serious art class and thought I’d like to pastel something no one has tried in this class. Your pictures are great, but for drawing, not enough detail.