South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Flight of the bumble bee

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Bee, South Shields

Work must go on!

O.K. so it’s raining again in South Shields, but that’s no excuse to stop the daily chores, take a rest, or put the feet up – work must go on!

Found this little critter in the North Marine Park exploring a wild thistle, but it looks more waspish than bumble beeish. Darn thing was flighty and didn’t want to sit still long enough to be photographed either, no, no, far too busy for anything like that.

I had this music running through my head (Flight of the Bumble Bee) as I patiently waited for a chance to press the shutter.

Hope you like it.

Camera details:Pentax K100D, 450mm lens (macro), 1/250 second, f8, iso 200


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Written by curly

August 19, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Insects, macro, Parks, South Shields

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  1. Curly, I’m dropping in a little late to wish you big congratulations on your 2nd Blogoversary, and best to you as you plunge into your 3rd year of sharing South Shields with us. It’s a lot of work and dedication amid the fun discoveries and great images. Thank you, and cheers!

    We’ve a bit of a summer rain storm here, too. Your bumbly fellow looks content to be working away on the lovely pink flower, though. A nice day brightener photo!
    Seattle Daily Photo


    August 19, 2008 at 12:29 am

  2. i like this song, and you photo too! very nice capture, the colors are so rich!


    August 19, 2008 at 1:50 am

  3. Hi Curly,
    My first visit here and I am impresseed, you have developed a wonderful e-album. Congratulations on your two year effort and may it go from strength to strength. I never knew there was so much to South Shields and the area.

    i must admit all I knew about South Shields is that they used to compete quite often in the original “It’s a Knock Out” You have balsted away that only though on the place now.

    Thank You.

    martin miller-yianni

    August 19, 2008 at 6:49 am

  4. Beautiful photo.


    August 19, 2008 at 4:33 pm

  5. Curly,

    thanks for all the photos and the interesting chat. Keep at it. Love the ones of the groyne in particular. If you snap a bloke in a yellow/white kayak near there it may be me!

    However, an entomologist you aren’t! That’s a hoverfly. The queen of the flying insect. Two wings (not four like a bee/wasp) and an aerial magician. They hover. Unlike a bee which wobbles about a bit like a three year old on a trike with stabilisers. I’ll try to find out the species.


    Andrew Young

    August 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm


    Syrphus vitripennis or Syrphus ribesii. I think the latter, the hind legs are dark only to the first joint. Anyway. Rather sad that I still rememebr that! Still. They are fascinating things! I used to prize myself on getting pictures of them in mid flight with a Pentak ME super and extension tubbes. All rather old fashioned now!

    Andrew Young

    August 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm

  7. I have the exact same problem with bees, birds, and butterflies. No matter how much I plead with them to be still, they continue to insist on flitting around and being in constant motion. So difficult!

    Great photo and perfect music!


    August 19, 2008 at 9:59 pm

  8. Thanks for the help on that Andrew, the things that I know about birds, insects, and plants could be written on the back of a postage stamp!


    August 20, 2008 at 1:04 am

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