We had a long anticipated rain yesterday, and many of our buzzing friends got caught in the storm before they could get home to take proper cover. So, what do bees do in this case?
Bees seek refuge inside a flower and nestle in tight, riding the storm out with cold rain drops splashing all over them for as long as it takes for the storm to clear. Bees cannot fly with wet wings, and they cannot operate at low temperatures either. With cold water hitting their bodies, they slow down, and must take cover for safety, lest being washed away by the cold rain waters rushing below them.
I was lucky to find five different species taking cover in the flowers of my front yard. I wouldn’t have found them had I not gone out to look for them. It’s amazing what you see when you are looking! Check out the slide show below. Look for the water droplets on the bees.
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