How to tell if

your bee is asleep:

Carpenter bee asleep on pink sedum flower, golden "fur" soggy with dew

Carpenter bee sitting still on pink sedum flower, golden "fur" soggy and mussed

She still hasn’t groomed off the morning dew.


  1. 4 December 2009 at 18:13

    Yes, if I manage to get out there early enough, then I often find damp sleepy bees.

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  2. Lindsay said,

    20 October 2009 at 23:45

    Wow, that bee almost looks more like a sculpture than a living thing.

    I recently found a bumblebee clinging to the stem of one of my potted flowers, whom I first thought was just torpid from the cold (s/he hadn’t moved the whole time I watched him/her*), but then I saw the same bee in the same place the next day, so I figured s/he had to be dead.

    But then my cats started batting at him/her, and s/he revived, and started buzzing loudly and flying around.

    *With honeybees, ants, and similar, I use female pronouns for every random one I see, because they’re probably workers and therefore female, but with solitary species like bumblebees I figure they could be either.

  3. fridawrites said,

    19 October 2009 at 14:35

    Wow! Lene at The Seated View also has a great bee in purple photo that’s recent.

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