Carpenter Bees

I must have taken 40 pictures to get this shot. The trick is to stand in one spot near the bee's hole.

The bee will hover near you in an effort to run you off.

It's a major challenge to get the focal distance right. I focused on a large tree trunk at the distance I wanted to shoot the bee and let it come to me.

I'm going to try and get closer shots this spring and summer.

Carpenter bees bore holes in dry wood and gather pollen to store in the wood as food for their offspring.

After boring the initial entrance, the bees tunnel left and right sometimes as many as twelve inches.

Although the bees re-use the holes, the offspring and other newcomers will bore new holes and tunnels, sometimes causing serious structural damage over the years.

During the day, the bees dart about from flower to flower and gather pollen.

The bees are a "beneficial" insect because they pollinate flowers and crops.

The female can sting, but rarely does so. The male can't sting at all.

At night, the bees return to their bore holes.
In this close-up shot at night, we can see a bee's butt. In other words, it bees a bee's butt.


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