Bee by Rose-Lynn Fisher

By Rose-Lynn Fisher

Rose-Lynn Fishers' images of bees made utilizing a scanning electron microscope demonstrate the paintings within the anatomy of 1 of nature's most vital creatures.

Of the 10 million or so various species of bugs on our planet, none is extra interesting than the honeybee. one of many oldest varieties of animal existence nonetheless in lifestyles from the Neolithic Age, bees were worshipped and mythologized because the starting of human heritage. identified popularly for his or her industriousness ("as busy as a bee") and hugely valued for his or her position in agricultural pollination (every 3rd chew we take is dependent upon them), bees at the moment are saved by means of a quarter-million beekeepers within the usa by myself, and thousands extra worldwide.

Honeybees have been the 1st creatures tested through seventeenth-century scientists whose primitive microscopes advised a posh method of building. Now, magnified hundreds of thousands to millions of instances with a contemporary iteration high-resolution scanning electron microscope, honeybees seem as architectural masterpieces—an based fusion of shape and function.

Melding paintings and technological know-how, photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher places this contemporary instrument to inventive use as a way to demonstrate the microscopic majesty of those ordinary wonders. BEE provides sixty staggering pictures of honeybee anatomy in magnifications starting from 10x to 5000x. Rendered in gorgeous aspect, Fisher's images discover the unusual great thing about the honeybee's development, shape, and constitution. Comprising 6,900 hexagonal lenses, their eyes resemble the constitution of a honeycomb. The honeybee's proboscis—a strawlike appendage used to suck nectar out of vegetation, folds resembles an extended, slim bushy tongue. Its six-legged exoskeleton is fuzzy with hairs that building up a static cost because the bee flies on the way to electrically allure pollen. Wings clasp including tiny hooks and a double-edged stinger resembles a serrated hypodermic needle. The honeybee's 3 pairs of segmented legs are a revelation, with their antennae cleaners, sharp-pointed claws, and baskets to hold pollen to the hive. those visible discoveries, made otherworldly via Fisher's lens, extend the limits of our brooding about the flora and fauna and stimulate our imaginations. BEE includes a foreword through nature author and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg.


"Many people have encountered electron microscope photos earlier than no matter if in highschool technological know-how textbooks, or at the Discovery Channel, yet very hardly is it an artist who's sitting at the back of the lens. It's the wonderful thing about the pictures in Fisher's booklet, and never simply the superb truth that they exhibit us, that makes Bee special." -- Deborah Netburn --Los Angeles occasions Blog

About the author
Rose-Lynn Fisher is an artist operating in images and mixed-media. She has a bachelor of good arts from Otis collage of artwork and layout.

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Ultraviolet light reveals patterns, contrasts, and markings in flowers that are imperceptible to humans, but visible and attractive to the honeybee, informing her where to land and where to find the nectar and pollen.

37 rear 10x 38 39 40 41 Beatrice 14x (previous) Sabine 15x 42 abdomen 23x (above) Foreshortened view of the abdomen with sting abdomen 27x (opposite) Overview of the tergal sclerites, plates on the upper side of the abdomen 44 abdomen 30x A side view of the interweaving edges of the tergal and sternal sclerites, the upper and lower abdominal plates 46 47 sting 37x The sting is a modified ovipositor (the organ for laying eggs). A bee will only sting in self-defense or in defense of the hive. When threatened, she releases a pheromone, a chemical signal that alerts other bees, triggering a defense response.

60 hairy eye 70x Hairy eyes are only found among a few of the twenty thousand species of bees. 62 elliptical dome of bee eye 190x Honeybees perceive the range of the color spectrum from yellow to ultraviolet light; red is perceived as black. Ultraviolet light reveals patterns, contrasts, and markings in flowers that are imperceptible to humans, but visible and attractive to the honeybee, informing her where to land and where to find the nectar and pollen.

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