Allow me to introduce you to the bravest bumblebee (or the stupidest) in the neighborhood:
The lavender plants around our neighborhood have been swarming with bumblebees lately, but most of them are very skittish. To be fair, I have to get extremely close (my minimum focus distance – about 9 inches) with my camera even to get a photo that I can crop to a decent framing of an insect-sized object – but as soon as I begin to approach, most of them fly off immediate. I can clear a lavender plant in about three seconds. (This is contrasted to the normal, non-fuzzy bees, which don’t seem to mind being photographed.)
So I’ve been despairing of getting a good shot of a bumblebee up close, until yesterday morning, when I encountered a bush full of bumblebees, most of which flew off immediately when I held my camera close …
… but one of which stayed calmly in place.
It was quite funny; once they start flying, I usually choose one and try to trail him with my camera, clicking away, hoping I might possibly get a decent shot. I started on the usual operation here, and as you can see in the previous and the next photos, my chosen subject flew away – but Brave Bee remained stoically on his flower, completely unconcerned.
And he just kept staying put. I moved around, changing my viewpoint – didn’t bother him.
He shifted a little, himself …
… and kept on eating.