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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sleeping Bee On Pink Snapdragons

I found this bee sleeping on my pink snapdragon flower one early morning last summer. At first, I didn't know that the bee was in it hibernation stage, but after carefully observed its non-movement for a while, I quickly realized that the bee was sleeping.

Later, I also learned that some bees just got stuck on the flowers when they were wet in the morning dew. The bees stayed totally still until they warmed up in the sun.

To test out my theory that the bee was asleep, I jiggled the flowers a little to see if it moved, and ended up with a blurry picture. So for those that are not fond of bees, if you want to take pictures of them, early morning is a great opportunity to snap these amazing critters.

This post is linked to Pink Saturday, and Camera Critters! Registered & Protected


  1. A lovely snapdragon.
    Awesome captures Mumsy.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

  2. You have a good macro shot of the bee in photo one. You're right about morning shots. When it gets cold, they are slow.

    Another thing you can do is smoke makes them dopey. My dad used to be a beekeeper and he smoked the hives before he went inside them.

  3. A sleeping cute! I guess I never put any thought into bees sleeping...of course they do!~ Love the pink flower. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. Neat shots Mumsy. I love snapdragons, they are one of my favorites. And thanks for the bee tip, I never knew that! Kathy

  5. I love bees and would like to be a beekeeper. Maybe he was drunk with nectar. :) Lovely photos.

  6. He's resting up so he can make lots of sweet honey this summer.

  7. What beautiful photography! Love the subjects too!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  8. So pretty!

    Happy PS!

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  9. Beautiful snapdragon pictures and good idea with the morning shots. Bee are really difficult to photograph.
    I am glad you participate on Macro Flowers Saturday.

  10. I didn't know bees slept like that. Huh. Learn something new all the time. What a beautiful picture with is by the flower. cool!

  11. Terrific photo. I captured a bee myself last summer in the early morning when the air was still a bit cool. Valerie

  12. Taking bee pictures can be addictive, I have been known to chase bees in the garden for hours trying to get the perfect shot. Lovely photos:)

  13. Bees are great. Hoping to get a few pics of my own this summer. Nice post.

  14. I've never taken photos of insects on flowers yet so you've given me a great tip for when to get good photos. I might need to get out of bed a little earlier!

    Snapdragons are a favourite flower of mine since I was a little child.

  15. Great shot of the bee and snapdragons!

  16. I would have never guessed. Amazing. Although I'm allergic to bees..ouch:-) Great pics. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Winona

  17. Wonderful photo. I learned something new about bees today! thanks!

  18. Nice photo of the bees. Last summer we find out the same....

  19. That's a great shot! Sleeping Bee..

  20. Ah, gorgeous! A sure sign of spring!

  21. Really nice photos!! Love them :)



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