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These Cute Bee Close Ups Prove These Fascinating Bugs Live Up To The ‘Buzz’

These Bee Close Ups Are So Mesmerizing You Can’t Help But Appreciate These Fascinating Creatures

Bees have been getting a lot of attention lately. The more we learn, the more we appreciate how important each little part of our ecosystem is… especially these pollinators. It makes sense that bee close ups would shine a light on just how beautiful and fascinating these creatures are.

A photographer named Sam Droege is obsessed with bees. The results are some of the most intricate, mesmerizing photographs of insects or bees I’ve ever seen.

“I would argue, as would many other beeologists,” he says, “that most bees are arguably cuter than most kids.”

And now… for some of the most intriguing close ups of bees you ever did see.

  1. Abs of the honey bee

This is a picture of a honey bee’s fuzzy, soft abdomen. They’re overlapping plates that are rigid to protect the bee, but also flexible so they can stay agile.

Look how soft those hairs look! It’s like a fantasy world on the belly of a bee.

Bee Close Ups
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2. Sunflower lover

A tiny bee that loves sunflowers, this greyish-purple-green bee is named Perdita Bequaerti. One of the neat things about this bee is that it practices ‘mutual grooming’ with its mates, where they pet and clean each other at the same time.

Bee Close Ups
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3. Head tilt bee

Honestly this bee looks like it doesn’t know what to do with all its hair. Should I comb it to the left? *head tilt* Maybe I should comb it to the right. Gotta show off those glorious antennae!

Bee Close Ups
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4. Not a bee, but…

This is a tortoise beetle from a place called Pickering Creek. What I love about these close ups is you can see how much life mimics other life. Animals mimic plants… or is it the other way around?

For example, the antennae on this beetle have a similar construction to them as the forest ferns that you can pull a section from and then put it back in.

Although, I’m not recommending pulling anything off of this creature. Let’s just leave it alone.

Bee Close Ups
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5. Gold digger bees

Those look almost digital to me, but supposedly they are bees trained to collect gold dust. This ‘gold digger’ can efficiently collect tiny but significant amounts of gold dust left over from mines. How cool is that?

Bee Close Ups
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6. Skeleton bee

This is actually just an inverted, greyscale example of bee close ups, but it looks so cool. Check out the moustache on this insect! Almost looks like it’s getting greys in the front of its hair as well…

Bee Close Ups
Image: @usgsbiml on Instagram

7. Missing antennae?

This is a sweet little male Megachile rotundata. They are good at pollinating alfalfa, and can be found in cities and ‘wasteplaces’ in North America and Europe.

I cannot get over how beautiful the design of its eyes is. Look at that natural pattern!

Bee Close Ups
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8. Rainbow wings

This particular little dude was found in Bryce Canyon, and the colours of the wings are just beautiful.

Bee Close Ups
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9. Softest bee ever award

This little guy just looks so sweet. I kinda wish they were much bigger and we could cuddle them. Although I feel like their faces would be hard to stroke because there’s just so much going on. Plus, bigger bees could very likely cause bigger damage.

Ok, forget that idea.

Bee Close Ups
Image: @usgsbiml on Instagram

10. Those fangs!

Bee close ups can be scary, and this one is just that. Wow, do those fangs ever look intimidating!

Also… are those parasites on its head? Little bugs of some kind. This picture reminds me that some things are better left unseen.

Bee Close Ups
Image: @usgsbiml on Instagram

Aren’t bees glorious? Share this post with your friends far and wide and spread the buzz. 😉

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