Category: insect

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

First time when I saw one was a couple years ago and then my reaction was “that’s impossible! hummingbirds don’t live here… and this is an insect, not a bird!” Now having the opportunity to take some pictures, I documented a bit: yes, is an insect looking like a hummingbird and is obviously called the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or, if you prefer Latin, Macroglossum stellatarum.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth

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Of bees and flowers

The last breath of the flowers, I had the opportunity to capture some classic close-ups with bees, which was a good opportunity, a first test of the macro capabilities of my new lens.

bees and flowers

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Spring in the city

Saturday I was out in the city for a photojournalism project (more about it next week) and passed near the Cismigiu Park and noticed how the spring has come: not only short, transparent skirts but also flowers and bees. Stopped for a short while (couldn’t let the rest of the team wait for me) and took a shoot of the later.

bees

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More bees, more chrysanthemums

A year ago I had a beautiful experience in a warm sunny weekend with the opportunity to take some great shots of bees and chrysanthemums in my garden. This year my garden is in a much worse shape (I totally suck as a gardener) but still a nice couple of days, some flowers and a few bees… and this look like the start of a tradition.

[chrysanthemums and bees] [chrysanthemums and bees] [chrysanthemums and bees]

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Butterlies near the forest

Camping in the middle of the nature has a lot of gifts, like parting with the insects. Those may be unpleasant, like the insect bites on your arm and legs, but also beautiful, like a butterfly encounter. You see him first near your tent and if following things may happen. You only need space on the memory card (and the space is plenty).

butterfly butterfly

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Sitting like a fly on the… fence

A warm, sunny summer morning… the fly is a being too, with full rights to enjoy the sun.

Fly under the sun

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The firebug and the chicory flower

Morning after morning I pass near that shaded chicory flower and wonder about taking a better shot, but today it was a little different: a firebug (Romanian: Vaca Domnului) was walking around, offering me the opportunity for a different take (yeah, in the backgrounds are blue chicory flowers and the fence is making difficult for me to shot them).

Firebug on the fence

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A bug’s life

On the look for the snail remake, I got one day unexpected help from a street dog: he was barking at the dirt, which made me look closely and notice his "enemy", this ugly bug.

Bug

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A bug’s life

Dill (mărar) in my garden, a bug having fun time with it…

A bug on my dill / Gindac pe marar

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Honey: how it’s made

I can’t say which honey is the best, but the one made from Black Locust flowers (Romanian: salcim) is really good, with nice flavor and color. So here is how it’s made: in late spring/early summer the bees are collecting the pollen from the flowers and then making the sweet thing. Mmmm… pancakes with black locust honey, aren’t you mouth watering?

Making honey: Black locust / Facind mire: salcim

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Senbonzakura Kageyoshi

What can I say more? Those are yoshiro cherry trees (染井吉野) in full blossom in the "Japanese Garden" from the Herastrau Park in Bucharest. Ah, there is something more to say: it was a warm day and the bees were flying from flower to flower. So Chire, Senbonzakura Kageyoshi.

Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom

Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom

Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom Sakura: Japanese cherry tree blossom

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Spring yellow flowers

I could use some help from my readers, even if those flowers, probably the first trees blossoming in the spring, are practically everywhere, including in my garden, where I took the shoot, I don’t know their name, not the Romanian name and not the English name.

Update: thanks to a comment on flickr, I learned the name: "Forsythia" in English respectively "Forsiția" in Romanian

Yellow flowers

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More crocus: from my garden

A beatutiful early spring Sunday afternoon: sun, warmth, flowers, even bees just good to continue shooting spring flowers with outdoor close-ups from my garden.

Yellow and Purple Crocus / Brinduse Galbene si Mov

Purple Crocus / Brinduse Mov and a Bee

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