Thursday, August 1, 2013

Where do your bumblebees sleep?

In my garden I usually find male bumblebees crashed out on the Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' in the front yard. Scott posted a great shot on Facebook of a bunch of bumbles crashed out on his Persicaria 'Lance Corporal.' I wonder if they are attracted to chartreuse or if it's just a coincidence?

It's 9:30, guys. Don't you have work to do?

But sometimes shit gets real.


I think this is a crab spider (M. vatia), which can slowly change its coloring to match its surroundings.


Impressive, no?

The other day two bumblebees and a wasp were involved in a buzzing, rolling death match in the front garden. They were spinning through the air, wrestling, then bouncing off the ground . . . it was fascinating and kind of scary.

Greg yelled, "What should I do? Should I break it up!?" and I swear I've never loved him so much. I also haven't laughed that hard in a while. He's awfully nice to me.

28 comments:

  1. My bees love the more luxurious Dahlias

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  2. They have good taste--I love those too!

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  3. I haven't found many sleeping bees, but I've found a lot of dead bees this summer. Yesterday we had some bees bathing in our California poppies. They would get in there and just roll all around. My daughter and I both got the giggles because it was so cute.

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  4. It's amazing the life and death struggles that take place in our gardens every day! I see an occasional sleeping bee but mostly they're buzzing around doing their thing. These guys look like they've eaten some special brownies. Also, how do you know that they're male bees? I always thought it would be insulting to them to ask,

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  5. Ha! I'm just assuming their dudes, since I think they always sleep outside if there's not enough room in the hive. Ladies hate camping, don't you know!

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  6. Haha, I love that reasoning for why you think they're male bees.

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  7. Mostly I'm seeing bees just gathering pollen or getting water from the stream, not sleeping, although I did see one sleeping out there a couple of days ago, but I don't remember what plant he was on. Your tale of Greg wanting to break up the bumblebee fight made me laugh!

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  8. Do you mean that's not scientifically rigorous? ;)

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  9. Jenni @ RainyDayGardenerAugust 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I have three golden jubilee's in my sun garden and they are by and far, the best bee attract-ors! I need to sneak a peek in the early am to see if I catch any slumbering bumbles. P.S. Greg's a keeper!

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  10. "Slumbering bumbles" is such a nice phrase. :) I think he's a keeper too!

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  11. The bees out here are not too choosy: they sleep around.

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  12. The decline in bumblebee morality is shameful! Just wait until the Republicans hear.

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  13. I love those little buggers...there is something undeniably adorable about their fuzzy little antics. That Greg, he's a keeper...Insulation Provider AND Bee Counselor...what a combo!

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  14. Mine like to sleep in the Monarda. When you see the insect death matches, do you ever get tempted to provide Nature Documentary Narrator voice over? "And so in the continuing struggle for survival ..."

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  15. Definitely. In a British accent.

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  16. oh my, you made me blush...i didn't think that was possible anymore!

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  17. Isn't it amazing what life and death struggles occur in a suburban lot? And sex goes on right in my backyard, all around me all the time. It really is impressive. You captured some fascinating activities! Greg's comment cracks me up too.

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  18. I'm sitting here laughing at your story and all the comments to follow. You all crack me up.


    That's some crazy true love you have with Greg. My Pirate has never offered to break up a bumble bee fight for me.

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  19. I don't know if you've ever been told this, but you and your pirate emanate love for each other. I was blown away by it when I ran into you at Rare Plant Research. It's kind of amazing--you should write a book.

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  20. YOUR comment is cracking me up! I'm picturing guests sitting in your fabulous gravel garden and being scandalized by fornicating deer and birds.

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  21. It is kinda neat to see so many bees snoozing on a single plant. I have never seen such a sight in my garden. Perhaps I need some chartreuse plants!
    Coward that I am, I would definitely stand a good distance back to watch a fight between some angry bumbles and a wasp.

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  22. Oh, I stood we'll back too! Wasps are so mean.

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  23. "My" bees aren't doing so much slumbering in my garden this year. Maybe I need some big chartreuse leaves to lure them into bed. During the day, they are definitely grooving on all the pollen and nectar, especially the eryngiums.

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  24. I'd be grooving on those eryngiums too!

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  25. Aww...thanks! Now I understand why people keep asking us if we're newlyweds.

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