|Greetings from the Critique Club
You have captured a terrific negative image here, as well as a great macro. You depth of field is perfect for this capture and I can tell that the focus is very crisp. I think that this could have been a top 20 finisher if you had composed or cropped it a bit differently. Centering the bee in the frame really gives the eye nowhere else to go. The negative yellows give a great blue hue, but the viewer really overlooks that by going straight to the brighter bee. While nature makes its own decisions, waiting for the bee to face the lens would have improved this even more. I know that this might not have even been a possibility, as these guys never follow a script for me either. Changing the composition would have also altered those distracting bright spots on either side of the frame. Shifting your shooting position from to the right a little would have gotten rid of the one on the left, gotten the bee out of the center, and possibly provided a very nice balance between your darks and lights. Great lighting and detail capture, right down to his hairy back and the antennae. Overall, I think you have a terrific idea that just wasn't executed to its potential. A nice capture that I would rate in the 5-6 range. The photo met the challenge very well.