Bee in UV

Having shot the honey bee in visible light, it is natural to want to know how the bee looks in UV. I had to change my camera to my full-spectrum Olympus E-PL5 in order to shoot this.

I used the Olympus E-PL5, Leica Focotar-2 50mm F4.5 mounted on my macro bellows. For the UV light source, I used my Cokin Creative ring flash 1/2 power to light the bee, and the Baader U 2013 filter was the UV-pass filter (which has even better IR-blocking capabilities than the earlier versions). Settings: ISO 200 F5.6 1/80 secs. These were then stacked in Helicon Focus. For the Extreme macro of the bee in visible light, click here.

Bee face extreme macro - UV
Bee face extreme macro – UV


Bee eye extreme macro - UV
Bee eye extreme macro – UV
100% crop
100% crop
Bee body macro - UV
Bee body macro – UV

As you can see, there is not much visible UV pattern discernible on the bee which is not very UV-reflective.