Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amazing Little Creatures

There are actually two bees in this photo; the one in the center is easily visible (well, if you left click to enlarge the photo) and there's another one tucked into the wild lupin blossoms on the upper right of the photo. 

The photo above is blurry (sorry), but if you look closely you can see the little 'tongues' of the happy bees getting a drink.  I think honey bees have such cute faces.  They're such amazing creatures; only the Queen bee can sting without dying and she also chooses if the egg she lays will be a female or a male.  The male bees are only used as . . . ummm . . . sperm donors.  The males choose a site where they meet up with Queens from neighboring hives and mate.  The poor little males aren't allowed to remain in the hive during the winter, but forced out to die.  I think this is taking feminism a tad too far!  But, I'm not a queen bee and she probably has good reasons; however I can't remember what they are right now.  Anyway, the daughter bees keep the hive very tidy at all times, going outside no matter the weather to defecate, cleaning old wax and such from the hive, warming the hive in the winter by trembling their wings, cooling it in summer by fanning their wings and sprinkling it with water.  All the daughter bees start out as nursemaids, then progress to cleaners and foragers.  Bees navigate by the sun and perform intricate dances to tell the other forager bees exactly how to get to the flowers and back to the hive.  You can read more about these awe inspiring creatures at:


  1. That is lot of fascinating information. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wonderful, I love bees.
    Some of my ancestors used to be beekeepers ; )
    Have a great day.

  3. Dear Victoria - I didn't know that the male bees get forced outside of the hive to die - that seems very sad. I love your picture of them drinking. What a great shot. Hope you are enjoying this lovely summer day. Take care and have a good week-end.

  4. Wonderful images Victoria.

    I have always loved bees.
    I love the the "stories" about them, their colonies, the lore and symbolism behind these humble, fascinating and incredibly important creatures :)

    And, I wish we had bumble bees here, but we don't sadly.


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