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Posted by zook on Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:52 pm

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https://flic.kr/p/Q7RZe9DSCF9357 makro 2018

This carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) was trying a few times to land on the flower, while I was trying to record that. Once I was successful. Later at home, in "dark room", i seen this little ants how defend their property, attacking thumb size bee.

X-T20; K&F Concept adapter + NIKON ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1:4 D; tripod; natural light; 1/125; f5,6; ISO100

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by Tom Whelan on Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:11 pm
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Fine behavior image- I don’t think I’ve seen an ant attacking a bee before.

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by rhighercat on Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:33 pm
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Interesting behavior well captured. Contrast between between white flowers and the dark bee well handled.

by Yun Gao on Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:56 pm
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Good detail in the blacks. The ant is a nice bonus element and shows the huge difference of theirs sizes. The whites seem a bit gray to me. But that is minor.

by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:46 am
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Amazing behavior shot! Brave little ants. How wonderful to have discovered this story-telling moment.
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by Matthew Pugh on Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:41 am
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Outstanding image imo - and something I have never seen before either

A big WELL DONE from me

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by Carol Clarke on Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:56 pm
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Excellent capture of the interaction between the defending ants and the bee!

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by zook on Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:27 am
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In my last (blurred) photo of this scene which I was take, while the bee take off, one of these ants hangs from the bee's leg.
Who knows what his fate was...

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