The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

What I learned about bees.

Yesterday, while on campus at the University, I spotted a clump of purple crocuses in a garden; my first spring flower sighting! A closer inspection revealed a dozen or so busy honey bees.  I remembered to bring my camera to school with me today, thinking I’d snap a few quick pics before I left for the day.

So I learned something:

Bees never. stop. moving. 

They also like to take off at inopportune times (like, say, when you’re about to depress the shutter button on your camera)




Apparently they are very busy.

They also have a thing for mooning the camera (I have approximately eleventy-million shots that look like this):


 But sometimes they do kinda-sorta cooperate. 

Kinda cooperating.


You may have noticed…this is NOT a forgotten photo.  I think that Nov-March will be my yearly FPF period.  Because now, people, I have REAL LIVE BUGS!!!

3 responses to “What I learned about bees.

  1. Seabrooke April 9, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Yay! Bugs! And croci! My first Real Bug (ie. not cluster flies, ladybugs, agonopterix moths, milkweed bugs, paper wasps, etc, etc) of the season this year was a mining bee. I thought that was pretty cool.

    • TGIQ April 12, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      A mining bee IS pretty cool!!! Your list was actually a bit better than mine, I hadn’t seen any wasps yet. Today, though…BEETLES!!! It was a good day 🙂

  2. biobabbler May 11, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Deelightful. So funny.

    Have you ever tried to photograph a bee fly?!? OMG, like bees on crystal meth. has a few pics I got. Usually, though, I get NOTHING and just stumble after them open mouthed ’cause they are SO FREAKING COOL. Like a completely inept groupie. “You’re so coool. So cool. Wow. Hee. Hee.” BITCHIN bugs. =)

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