WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL
Photograph of a Honey Bee at the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area in Collier County off of Alligator Alley (I-75). The camera gear used in this photo of a Honey Bee was a Nikon D90 body and a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens with a macro light ring attached to the lens. Contrary to belief, Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) are quite mellow insects, and don’t attack or sting, unless provoked.
The Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) grows to a length of 5/8 of an inch. Its body is roundish, with a hairy brown thorax, the abdomen being banded black and golden, and wings are dusky. The Honey Bee builds a honeycomb hive in tree hollows. Honey Bees have a complex social system of drones, queens, and workers. Although they will sting, they are not aggressive. The habitat of the Honey Bee is fields and orchards.