Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

We noticed this Bumble Bee loaded full with pollen climbing a small gravel bank.
Was his load to heavy for him to fly?

Further up the bank he clambered clearly on mission.

Ahhh, mission revealed, a small sip of water from along this gravel bank was what he climbed up for.

Clearly this bee knows hydration is key for a hard days work in the sun.

A few quick sips and off he flew to deliver his goods to the hive.

Bombus Ternarius: Tri-Colored Bee

It’s always nice to have these bess buzzing about and who doesn’t like saying Bombus Ternarius.

From Wikipedia “Bombus ternarius, commonly known as the orange-belted bumblebee or tricoloured bumblebee,[2] is a yellow, orange and black bumblebee. It is a ground-nesting social insect whose colony cycle lasts only one season, common throughout the northeastern United States and parts of Canada.[3] The orange-belted bumblebee forages on Rubus, goldenrods, Vaccinium, and milkweeds found throughout the colony’s range. Like many other members of the genus, Bombus ternarius exhibits complex social structure with a reproductive queen caste and a multitude of sister workers with labor such as foraging, nursing, and nest maintenance divided among the subordinates.”

To read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombus_ternarius

Just for fun ….Bombus!

A wee bee looking at me

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Out in the coneflowers this summer we have counted perhaps up to 8-10 different varieties of bees buzzing around all at once. This was one I have only seen once or twice and he is just a little guy but looks like a mighty little guy given the amount of pollen he has collected to bring back to the hive.