August 30, 2015
Photographer: Diane Ryckebusch
Summary Author: Diane Ryckebusch
The bumblebee photographed above (believed to be Bombus terrestris) is a common garden bee in continental Europe. These important pollinators often live near human settlements where they visit an enormous variety of flowering plants, crops and wildflowers. Bumblebees collect pollen to feed their larva, such as this bee in Auray, France. The bee above is in the process of pollinating a passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) flower, and is being coated in pollen, which it will transfer to other flowers. Bumblebees thrive in flower-rich areas, wild grasslands and pesticide-free gardens. When bee populations decline, crop harvests are reduced. Photo taken on July 29, 2015.
Photo Details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot A630; Focal Length: 7.3mm; Aperture: ƒ/4.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); Software: Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1.7600.16385.