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Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

I was alerted to the possible presence of these bees on my ivy flowers when I saw a recent topic about them in another forum.

I had my 100-400mm, set at 400mm for another subject I was looking for and it turned out to give me enough working distance to not disturb the bees. These were all shot at the closest working distance of the lens at this focal length.

One observation on behavour is that these bees seemed more likely to walk form one inflorescense to another, if the distance was short, than were honey bees.

This species is another recent coloniser, first recorded in UK in 2001. It flies later than other British Colletes and specialises in ivy flowers.

There were honey bees and hoverflies foraging on the flowers but no bumble bees, there prefering the nearby flowering Snowberry bush.

All the images have been moderately cropped.

Olympus EM-1 (Aperture Priority), Panasonic 100 - 400 mm Leica DG Vario-Elmar at f10.

With a maximum magnification of 1:4 it is not a macro lens.

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Re: Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

I am impressed by these shots Harold. That is a lens I would be interested in when the servicing is improved by Panasonic. I'd like to try it alongside their 50-200. Macro is good in many situations but the short distance use of a telephoto is a favourite of mine.

I wonder how restricting you find the close focussing distance, many lenses seem to just stop too far away which is why I like the 40-150 lens. It does go close and has magnification enough.

I am a great fan of the flowers on Ivy especially as a painting subject. With autumn butterflies.

But the bees are nice too.
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Re: Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

Lovely photos Harold. I regret getting rid of my ivy overgrowth now. It was a mess though.

Would adding an extension tube give a bigger magnification? I know it limits the focusing range some what......
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Re: Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

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I am impressed by these shots Harold. That is a lens I would be interested in when the servicing is improved by Panasonic. I'd like to try it alongside their 50-200. Macro is good in many situations but the short distance use of a telephoto is a favourite of mine.

I wonder how restricting you find the close focussing distance, many lenses seem to just stop too far away which is why I like the 40-150 lens. It does go close and has magnification enough.

I am a great fan of the flowers on Ivy especially as a painting subject. With autumn butterflies.

But the bees are nice too.
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The lens was on, ready for a Darter dragonfly which I have still to catch up with. I was using it at its closest working distance for that FL. One quirk I noticed was that I could get a bit closer and the AF would focus but not lock. I don't know how much leeway there was but it was useful.

The images have been cropped to give about 1:3.

Essentially, unless the subject is very difficult to approach, this lens should be reserved for larger insects.

I also took other subjects at the same setting plus some more of the Dolls Eyes fruits at 400mm. They should appear here this week.

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Re: Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

Are these also referred to as 'Ivy Bees'?

We've had them using a nest box. They make a bit of a mess as the 'combs' appear to be made of a tough fibrous material that's difficult to clean out.

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Are these also referred to as 'Ivy Bees'?

We've had them using a nest box. They make a bit of a mess as the 'combs' appear to be made of a tough fibrous material that's difficult to clean out.

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Yes, their popular name.

Have you tried supplying them with plaster?

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Re: Plasterer Bee Colletes hederae via Lumix Leica 100-400mm

I keep going back to view #3.

Terrific.


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Lovely photos Harold. I regret getting rid of my ivy overgrowth now. It was a mess though.

Would adding an extension tube give a bigger magnification? I know it limits the focusing range some what...…...
The setup was for instant capture of a larger subject when it appeared. An extension tube would have prevented that.

If I wanted to get in closer my 4/3 x2TC and 50mm macro gets me to up to 1:1.

I don't own any auto m4/3 tubes.

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