I'm a total sucker for shooting bees. As soon as I see one it becomes a challenge to get a good photo. Bees sit long enough to entice you into taking a photo, but rarely long enough so you get a good shot. The key to getting a good shot, like people and animals, is to make sure the eyes are sharp, and the rest of the photo takes care of itself. This last trip to Edward Gardens I was reasonably lucky, and got a few good shots in.
Like usual, I used the Nikon D600 with the Tamron 180mm f3.5 macro, which is an excellent combination, but as the depth of field is shallow, even at f11 on a full frame, it can get tricky. So care, patience and plenty of room on the SD card is needed.