The picture of this Bumblebee on flower was taken in Shrewsbury, Vermont. The picture of this Bumble Bee on flower was taken with the CANON EOS20D and the CANON 100 macro lens and the CANON 580EXII flash.
I photograph insects with a dedicated macro lens that allows me to get within inches of the subject and can capture lots of detail. I have observed that many insects and plants have a hairy surface called indumentums. The body hairs on bees are branched or feather-like making them well adapted for retaining pollen grains that the bee brushes against as it moves about on a flower. Much of this pollen is transferred by the bee from its body hairs to the pollen baskets on the outer surfaces of the hind legs.