Monday, 22 June 2009

Escallonia Buzzing

The Escollonia is in full flower and the local honey bees have arrived, in their hundreds, and can't get enought of it. The buff-tailed humble bee has arrived. Here is another picture showing the pollen tucked away on its legs. The two hind legs are longer than the other pairs and the pollen is deposited on the stiff hairs, the yellow pollen is on two pairs of legs here.
Aren't bees wonderful. The larger bumble bees are my favourites, I always wonder what they feel like if you stroked them. I've never attempted this, even when an early year dozy one has appeared. I have been stung by wasps, and my curiosity does not include wanting to find out if bee stings are more, or less, painful.

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