I spent some time photographing bees with my macro lens on Friday, and was very happy with the results!
Here's a girl coming in for milkweed.
Her reddish proboscis (tongue) is hanging out in anticipation! It's the long thing angling backwards from her "chin." And her claw-like feet are covered in yellow nectar, fron climbing around on the flowers.
Here's a bee on some sort of thistle.
They were going crazy on these and the milkweed!
Milkweed is quite beautiful if you look at it up close, and it smells amazing!
She's just loading up on nectar!
Such beautiful little creatures. Bees are very gentle while foraging; they are so focussed on collecting pollen and nectar that they will rarely bother you. I had my lens within an inch of some of these bees, and they didn't care at all.
And here's a worker bee on butterfly weed (aka Asclepias tuberosa), which is in fact another variety of milkweed. We also have swamp milkweed on our farm, in the damper spots. It likes wet feet!
I swear, I'm gonna make you all LOVE honey bees. :)