Cute Overload :D
I’m Officer Buzz from the Department of Hiveland Security. I’m keeping at least 175 of my eyes on you, so just keep moving and don’t try anything funny.
Wilford Buzzbee here to warn you about the dangers of diabeetus caused by honey.
O wow. Took my eyes a half a minute to work out the perspective and what I was looking at!
Got a little Wilford Brimley ‘stach thing going on there.
Okay I know how important bees are to our worldwide ecology but they terrify me. Not Cute At All.
He has set up a sting operation.
Love the “Prisoner” reference, NTMTOM! Be seein’ you… 🙂
Or “don’t try anything fuzzy.”
*polite golf clap*
Surprisingly, I am loving all these bee photos, even though IRL I freak out when they are near me. Oh and diabeeeetus.
This is a solitary bee which is far more friendly than a honeybee so very unlikely to sting you unless you handled it roughly and insulted its mother. This one is a male so actually impossible for it to cause any harm. Glad you like the picture!
I’ve always liked bees and seeing that up close they are fuzzy makes me like them even more.
Wow, the NSA really IS everywhere!
That’s amazingks, OrangA. I can’t make out what he’s sitting in, though. Is it a special brick, or some sort of honeycomb? Pardon my ignorance.
It’s a hole in some wood. That is where they live.
It’s what they call a bee hotel. It looks like a sort of wooden bird box with a roof to keep off the rain and lots of holes drilled in it for the bees to make their nests in. In the wild mason bees like this make nests in holes in plants (they often use holes in walls too) but these are harder for them to find now. They are solitary in that they don’t form big nests with queens and workers like honeybees and bumblebees. The males emerge first: the chap above is waiting for females to come out. After mating, the female lays an egg in the hole, leaves some pollen for the young, and seals up to the hole with mud (hence the name mason bee). They hatch the next year and do it all again. This is a clearer photo that shows some holes blocked up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34905030@N00/8755460062/ If you’re a real glutton for punishment, here are some photos I took while a female was in the process of sealing up a nest: http://www.aurochs.org/aurlog/2013/06/01/red-mason-bee-sealing-a-nest/