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Beekeeping: Sleeping Bumblebee

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2008
3:29 AM

Post #5180504

I have more bumble bees than I can shake a stick at, their hive must be close. I'm trying to deadhead these flowers so I have seeds for next year and I can't do it during the day for all of the bumble bees. They never try to attack me or anything, they just fly around me. Anyway, it was still light outside and no bees were flying around as it is cooler than normal today so I figured I would get the rest of the seeds picked. I saw this bee sleeping in the flower, I found 4 sleeping bees total, but there might be more. I quit picking seeds, I'm not sure if I would have bothered them or not.

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Michaelp
Glendale, UT
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2008
12:45 AM

Post #5335112

Have you ever listened to the bee closely when it is on a flower that is rich in polen, --the little bumble bees sing to the flower when they are getting the food, --just listen and describe the noise you hear any way you want, -- when the flower is not rich they just move on quickly and don't make the singing noise --Michael

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