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Just Sharing Bees

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More phone snaps but interested in what they look like on a real screen.
I tried an infuriating amount of times to get a bee in focus but the camera always focused on the flower head in front.
So I tried "Pro" mode that has manual control.
That was actually quite cool as it showed the in focus areas with a green highlight like on the mirrorless camera I bought once.
Tho operation of manual focus was only very slightly less annoying as by the time I actually got it to work properly the bee had gone home, got old, died and turned to powder.
However I got a couple that look sharp on the phone screen. Any good?

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Hmm, they seem to look better in the gallery on my phone
 

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Or not to bee?, hint they are a hover of some variety. ;)
Great shots of them though Steve considering they were done on a phone, especially the second and last.
 

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I am darned impressed with the second and third as phone shots.
 

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Plenty good enough, especially the second one.

A camera is still going to produce better results most of the time but a few years ago images like this taken on a mobile phone were but a pipe dream.
 

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Pretty sure they are bees of some sort? They were bee sized, bigger than the hovers, and were poking their proboscis thingy in.
There was a fewer bumble bees about too, but not as many
 

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Pretty sure they are bees of some sort?
Definitely not a bee, hard to tell from the shots but I'm fairly sure it is a Eristalis species of hoverfly. They aren't as small as many hovers and usually around the size of a small bumblebee. See here
 

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2nd is def my pick as it's more animated a pose ... nicely done Steve.
 

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Pretty sure they are bees of some sort? They were bee sized, bigger than the hovers, and were poking their proboscis thingy in.
There was a fewer bumble bees about too, but not as many
Bee sized is a comment I often hear. Of the nearly 300 species of bees in the UK most are quite tiny. Often what you think is a small fly on a flower is a bee. This one here is definitely a hover fly, one that
Mimics bees and wasps. Keeps them safe I suppose. One of the most amazing mimics is a moth that looks like a hornet. Only seen them a few times and photographed once in the UK.

Not too shabby for a phone. It is quite amazing how far they have come in just a few short years.
 

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I keep saying phone pictures for flowers and insects and getting more impressive. Nice work.
 

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Great shots Steve.
 
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