Bees & Bugs

Honey Bee’s Proboscis

Hello people,  I’m back from a trip away over our Easter break. Leaving Thursday morning for Condobolin, New South Wales, we arrived home yesterday around 6pm. I had a wonderful visit with my brother and his wife. Who knows? I may actually tell you about it. I’ve a bad track record for following up, so I will not promise this time.

The bird’s water bowl and the top two tiers of my fibreglass pond dried up while we were away, even though the weather was predicted to be coolish.

bee on edgeof pond, tongue starting to come out

tongue starting to come out

Wondering  Wandering around with the Nikon D3000 today, I spotted bees visiting the refilled ponds. I was surprised to see the unfurling of a red proboscis (tongue), not having photographed one before.


bee drinking, side view

bee drinking, side view



the tongue looks to be fully extended

you get a good view of the tongue in this one

you get a good view of the tongue in this one


All of these images were taken with the Nikon D3000 in guide mode even though I didn’t read the guidance, just pressed the shutter.  All are cropped and sharpened. I’m thrilled with the results.

Thanks for looking. I hope you had the chance to catch up with family over the holiday break, too.  Have a good day.  ❤



8 thoughts on “Honey Bee’s Proboscis

    • We had lots of lovely visits, Sue. Jim popped around to our camp several times and we went to their place for a couple of meals. Mr R and J got on really well, so that was good. AND I remembered to take photos of us all.


    • Apparently they are rolled up and vary in length. I was really surprised when I saw the tongue come out while looking through the viewfinder. Thanks for dropping in, Effy.


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