Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Today’s post is brought to you by the colour yellow.

I found this honey bee (Apis mellifera) crawling around the cover of the yellow (recyclables) wheelie bin this morning. Its ragged wings and the lack of pollen baskets on the legs suggest that it is at the end of its life cycle.

Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Same bee, emphasis on the abdomen, wings out of focus.

Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Another aspect, emphasis on the face.

A mushroom on the lawn

I had to drop the exposure by a stop in the following photos or the mushrooms would have been completely washed out.

A mushroom on the lawn

The glistening appears to be caused by some slimy exudate, but I’m not going to test that theory by touching the things. The adult mushroom is approx. 3 to 4 cm across.

A close look at the mushroom reveals little air(?) bubbles in the coating:

Immature mushroom

I’m hoping to identify this mushroom with the help of the following sites:

Mushroom Observer
Bill Leithhead
Mushroom Patch

Too much yellow? How about a nice rosebud, complete with, er, yellow aphid?


Date: 03 May 2011
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 DG Macro
Ambient light only.
Conditions: heavy overcast.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.


One Response to Yellow

  1. User_7 says:

    In case you never got there your mushroom is a Hygrocybe, which are commonly known Waxcaps. Hygrocybe acutoconica looks likely but it is very hard to get a species specific identification on Hygrocybes without the use of a microscope.

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