Tuesday night was awesome. I went over goodbears house to see a wondrous mass of bees on one of her mesquite branches. She described what she had seen the previous night and it was ever so spectacular when I saw it Tuesday night. I had my macro that night, but this mass o’ bees didn’t require a macro. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my other lens, but goodbear was ready with hers. Here is a picture of what we were experiencing…
Those are all male Agapostemon species bunkering down for sleep. remember my No males allowed post? These are the males gathering in one place to stop and sleep for the night. Of course they were awake when goodbear and I were flashing them like the Paparazzi on Britney Spears, but we were able to handle them.
Aside from admiring the hundreds of male bees, I was also in awe of goodbear. When I first started talking about bees to her she would cringe and scratch at her head. You should of seen her Tuesday night. There were bees landing on her and she didn’t flinch. After blinding the bees with flashes we headed back in doors. A bee had found its way inside of goodbears shirt. She heard it buzzing. I didn’t at first. After I touched her shirt collar you better believe I heard a loud ass buzz. We got it out, we were fine, we had our beers. I was expecting goodbear to stop,drop, and roll. She didn’t. I am in awe of her. She is becoming one with the bees.
There are more great photos of the bees at goodbears blog. You have to check them out.