Inside a Rapeseed field

Last week, I was cycling through my local patch and found this field of rapeseed. I always like the view of those bright yellow fields in the landscape, but I had never really paid attention to it. Usually, I look at it from the bike, but this time I stopped, probably to photograph a bird.

The rapeseed field

But with the bird gone, I had noticed some butterflies flying around in the field and I decided to try and photograph them. The Green-veined Whites were mainly just flying around and didn’t want to sit, so I focussed on the Atalantas, a dark species with bright red bars over the wings. I tried to find a nice composition through the yellow Rapeseed of one butterfly sitting. After a few attempts I was quite satisfied.

Atalanta through the Rapeseed

But by now, I had also noticed some other pollinators: mainly Honey Bees and Common Carder Bees. Could I do something with them as well? After a few shots of bees sitting on top of the flowers, I started taking pictures of bees in flight. Well, I started trying… Obviously, this has a very low success rate, but if you try enough, you’ll get a few results you’re happy with.

Common Carder Bee taking off

After some time, I gave up and continued. But I’m sure I’ll sit down with a Rapeseed field again one day and see what happens there.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


  • Learned
    Sometime new:

    The trouble with canola honey
    from the Honeybee Suite

    Rapeseed is a good crop for honey bees, offering both nectar and pollen in early spring. … However, rapeseed honey—commonly called canola honey—crystallizes so quickly that it is a problem for beekeepers. It will crystallize in the comb while still in the field.


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