Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)


A European honey bee (Apis mellifera), covered in pollen from a yellow rocketcress. Look what a happy little bee she is! With some imagination you can even see a smile on her face πŸ™‚

She posed nicely for some shots and then took off, probably in a hurry to tell her friends all about it. When bees have found good nectar or pollen, they fly home and share the news with the others. First, she lets the others taste the nectar or pollen, so they can determine which flower she’s found. Then she performs something called a “waggle dance” which is a particular figure-eight dance. It’s like drawing a map in the air; the dance gives directions (bees have inbuilt compasses and use the sun as a landmark), the speed of dancing indicates how far away the flower is – the faster she dances, the closer is the flower.

PS. Have ever wondered why some bees buzz louder than others? It kind of sounds like the bee is angry, but that’s not the case at all. They typically do this if the pollen is hard to reach, then the bee solves the problem by buzzing loudly, and thereby create a vibration to make the pollen fall down so the she can reach it. A clever solution!


15 responses

  1. Lovely! You can almost feel the warmth of the sun! πŸ™‚

    May 3, 2017 at 5:25 PM

  2. Great pics! πŸ™‚ Mankind needs to treat bees better!

    May 3, 2017 at 7:48 PM

  3. I didn’t know about the bee’s loud buzzing to make the pollen easier to access. Very interesting! Lovely photos, too!

    May 3, 2017 at 9:22 PM

  4. These are wonderful closeups, Calee!

    May 3, 2017 at 11:15 PM

  5. prachtig, Calee!

    May 5, 2017 at 10:59 AM

  6. Wow, that is very cool about the loud buzzing – I will have to watch carefully for that this summer and see if I can see it happening. I didn’t know the details about the dance either – faster is closer, etc. Thanks!

    May 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    • The more I learn about bees, the more fascinated I become! Fantastic little creatures πŸ™‚

      May 16, 2017 at 7:18 AM

  7. The observation is so vivid

    May 20, 2017 at 6:49 PM

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