Sunday, June 08, 2014

Some Bees

Continuing on with my fascination for bumblebees! Although this past winter was harsher than the one before it, the bees on our street appear to have come through the winter better than they did last year. Apologies for the square photo format; I edited them for Instagram and don't have the time nor inclination to re-edit them in 3x2 format.

This Bombus ternarius, or Tricolour Bumblebee, is peeing, or, rather, expressing excess water/uric acid through its "Malphigian tubule system." She was doing quite a bit of it, and I managed to catch one "squirt." There is no shame in nature!

I don't have the i.d. on this bee, but she was very diligent and methodical.

This is one of Mr. Oehman's honeybees from down the road. I haven't seen them for a few weeks now, which I'm actually pleased about, because new research seems to show that honeybees pass on their diseases to bumblebees quite readily, and I am a bumblbee loyalist.