Sleeping ivory banded male digger bee


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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