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Sleeping ivory banded male digger bee

August 22, 2016

 

 

This morning I  observed a bee sleeping on a prom dress blossom.

I've seen photos of bees sleeping on flowers, but this was  my very first time ever!

 

 

 

This is an ivory banded male digger bee.

At first I feared that it was dead, stung by a spider.

I softly blew on it, to see if it would move, but it remained motionless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went back into the house, and looked out the kitchen window after about ten minutes, and thought I saw some movement on the cosmos blossom.

Now the bee was in a lower position between the petals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the bee turned around, climbing upwards on the blossom.

Look at that distinctive pale yellow marking on its face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a few seconds the bee prepared to take flight.

Then away it flew............

 

 

 

 

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