Hello faithful readers. First, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year. It’s a new year, we are getting a new President soon, and I am starting to blog again. Things are looking up.
Now onto the bees. I was hanging out with my friend Goodbear…well actually, I was over her house working and she was working. Still, being with her is fun. Whether working or just hanging out. Anyways, we were talking about the cluster of bees and how cool it was to have them. Then it turned into questions people may have about bees. The one question we discussed was ‘ how do you know when a bee is sleeping?’
Think about it. Bees don’t have eyelids. They don’t have a bubble of ‘zzzzz’s’ coming out of them. How the heck can you tell?
Look at the picture below.
This photo was taken during the day. Look at the bees antennae. They are up. They look alert (for antennae. use your imagination). When you see a bee land on a flower, or just resting on an object, look at their antennae. They are usually moving. Moving, trying to gather the scents around them. They are active.
The photo below (taken by goodbear) is a cluster of male Agapostemon males getting ready to bunker down for the night. There are hundreds of males clustering together on one of goodbear’s Mesquite branches. But again…look at their antennae. They are still pointing up and alert looking.
Now, look at the photo below. Look at his antennae. They are down. Drooping down the side of his head like ears on a bloodhound.
This bee is sleeping. Looking at a bees antennae is similar to looking at someones eyes. When you are sleepy your eyelids begin to droop. They get heavy. When you are asleep, they are closed. Bees are similar. At night when they are getting ready for bed, the “sleepier” the bee gets, the droopier it’s antennae get. Their antennae get heavier and heavier, then they drop to the side.
Good night sweet bee.