So, not to say “I told you so”, but Wired.com just picked up Sam Droege’s amazing collection of bee photos, which he has been compiling for some time. If you like bee photos, these are really nonpareil.
You can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/
And Wired’s article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/beautiful-bees/?pid=7213&viewall=true
Sam’s photos have always been popular among bee folk in the know, but it was only after he posted them to the sharing website reddit.com that they attracted popular attention. Here is a collection of the photos he posted on that site, using imgur: http://imgur.com/a/zjHQs
At the time I am writing this post, that webpage has nearly 200,000 views.
Here is a selection from the comments section of the reddit thread; people who know nothing about bees seeing these photos!
[–]Nelo112 3 points 1 day ago
Wow, the black one is cool. No wait, the blue one is better. What? A green bee? That’s the best one. Hold on! The gray one! I love the gray one!
[–]madeinkorea718 2 points 1 day ago
I don’t care how awesome these bees look, I still hate them with every inch of my body.
[–]blackfay 2 points 1 day ago
Beautiful, terrifying bastards
[–]Hascalod 1 point 1 day ago
Looks like pokemons or some crazy s**t like that. I like it!
[–]alavalamp 1 point 1 day ago
Holy f**k. Bees are awesome.
[–]imgettingbetternow 1 point 1 day ago
What breed(word choice?) is the bottom most one? So incredibly beautiful
[–]McMammy 1 point 1 day ago
I have almost a phobia of bees, but those are really great photos.
[–]mike117 1 point 1 day ago
I’m pretty sure some of these are tarantulas with wings.
[–]GMCooper84 1 point 1 day ago
you should only be able to scope these while listening to wu tang
[–]asain-skiier 1 point 1 day ago
Damn nature, you scary.
[–]why_not21 1 point 1 day ago
TIL bees aren’t just black and yellow. They some bad mama jamas.
[–]drfunkenstien014 1 point 1 day ago
Hmmm I didn’t know they came in blue, green, grey and death.
[–]egypturnash 1 point 1 day ago
omg SO PRETTYYYYYYY 🐝🐝❤❤❤🐝❤
[–]congress_tart_ 1 point 1 day ago
they’re like the power rangers of insects
[–]Too_many_straws 1 point 23 hours ago
This Is probably one of the coolest things I have seen on reddit.
[–]Verdris 1 point 23 hours ago
Bees are pretty f**king beautiful.
[–]dat_kat 1 point 23 hours ago
I wish I had rainbow wings.
[–]Crunketh 4 points 1 day ago
The blue bee looked like it was created by a one night stand that included a regular bee & a fly.
–]too_toked 1 point 23 hours ago
The blue one looks like it could have been designed by Mazda..
[–]jrizos 1 point 18 hours ago
Want tattoo of these.
[–]TheAceprobe 51 points 1 day ago
These bees look like they’re part of some insect crime-fighting task force.
[–]lemonpartyorganizer 419 points 1 day ago
They look so hi-tech, ultra-modern with their precision carbon fiber looking eyes, and their wind tunnel bodies. Nature is a strange thing.
OdeToAwesomeness 163 points : a day ago reply
If beebro didn’t carry plant jizz everywhere, you wouldn’t have fruits and vegetables. You should be thankful
feastyoureartonguesonthesememorypops 4 points : a day ago reply
Thanks for keeping the earth alive my bumbly friends
kruton93 3 points : a day ago reply
I can only imagine how f**king happy that first bee is covered in pollen.
ilikemaps 1 point : 7 hours ago reply
Let’s not let them go extinct because of pesticides. Because, you know. We’d sort of die without them.
IndestructiNokia 1 point : 9 hours ago reply
Who turned up the acid?
sparkyman1961 1 point : 14 hours ago reply
To all the haters of bees: do you realise the planet would be f**ked without them, especially the bumble bee? Pollination is the key word!
creatingthiswhileiamdruck 1 point : 21 hours ago reply
I feel like they all have special jobs and go on special missions based on their color!
brohanman 1 point : 21 hours ago reply
I wonder if bees ever get allergies to pollen.
HarryBalzac 1 point : a day ago reply
5th one is majestic as f**k
And Sam Droege is still awesome. 🙂