Worker Bee

IMG_1049The diligent and hardworking bumblebee – what would we do without her?

Bumblebee (Bombus grisceocollis) on Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

 

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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32 Responses to Worker Bee

  1. mk says:

    You are too funny Eliza!

  2. This was awesome! I love bees!! they are such a powerful totem.

  3. Wow! Wonderful closeup!!! 🙂

  4. He looks like he is trudging up hill. He is a worker bee!

  5. lizard100 says:

    Glad you identified the worker as female : ) beautiful shot!

  6. dorannrule says:

    An amazing shot of another world…. a “small world” after all.

  7. Eva PoeteX says:

    Some people don’t realize how significant bees really are. It’s unsettling to think their populations are decreasing. Their ability to pollinate is essential to our food supply. Thanks for this post! I’m all for bee awareness. 😀

  8. What a great macro shot, Eliza! It reminds me of a strange science show we watched last night. A scientist trains bees to “sniff” for drugs, chemicals, etc. with sugar water rewards. Each bee is then loaded up into a device which can be used by law enforcement and other screeners. When the bee smells the odor she has been trained for, she extends her tongue to get her sugary reward. The device records that tongue movement to register a “positive” test response.
    Who knew bees are easier to train than dogs for such work! Such intelligence in such a tiny package. So glad to see you have bees in your garden. Best wishes, WG

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth 🙂
      Crazy science! I wonder what kind of bees they use. I thought that they had really short life spans – like a week. who knows?

      • They looked like regular worker honeybees, Eliza. They live for longer than a week- a couple of months, if memory serves. Pretty labor intensive effort to train individual bees!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I can’t imagine training a bee!
        I read online that they were originally used to sniff out minefields, which is a perfect application. Anything bigger than an insect would trigger the mine, pretty ingenious.

  9. Sharon K. says:

    Oh wow – what an incredible shot! So crisp, you can see every little detail. I love sunflowers and bees. A double treat!

    Thank you!

  10. Robbie says:

    great shot…well we would not eat much without our humble workers that work around the stupid things us humans do to the environment:-) I am seeing more in my yard than I ever have:-) feels so good to see them covered in pollen and buzzing around all day! Makes me happy:-)

  11. dunelight says:

    We have had a significant amount of colony die off in our area. My New England Aster is just starting to bloom (early, looks like another long winter) and I hope to be soon be surrounded by bumble bees and butterflies. This really is a marvelous shot.

  12. Amazing shot! What a diligent bee! I do hope Monsanto is stopped and all the pesticides…I do not know what these people are thinking! Your BEE photo should be in every magazine and visual spot available!

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