When a bee lands on a blue heliotrope flower, it uses its proboscis to suck up the nectar from the center of the flower. As the bee feeds on the nectar, it unintentionally picks up pollen on its body from the flower’s stamen. When the bee flies to another flower, it inadvertently transfers some of the pollen it collected from the previous flower onto the new flower’s stigma, thus fertilizing the flower and enabling it to produce seeds.
This process, known as pollination, is crucial for the reproduction of many flowering plants, including the heliotrope. Without pollinators like bees, many plants would not be able to produce seeds and reproduce, leading to a decline in biodiversity and potentially impacting the entire ecosystem.
So, a bee on a blue heliotrope flower not only looks beautiful, but it also plays an essential role in the survival of the plant and the ecosystem it belongs to.
The most amazing part of this photoshoot, was the lens used to shoot it. The Sony 70-200mm G Master II with the Sony 2x Teleconverter attached, designed to pull in subjects from afar, also just happens to be an excellent macro lens combination. The Bee on Blue Heliotrope was literally at my feet, so I pointed the camera down and was amazed to find the lens focus in on the little Bee so precisely. This lens combination really are the Sony Holy Grail Lenses!