Some of you know of the speaker box bees, the ones I picked up off a guy's patio table. The first colony lasted a while and then threw a swarm leaving them weak, giving shb opportunity to move in.
I never had the heart to evict them as its just too cool of a set up watching them come and go from the speaker.
Well, about three weeks ago or so, another swarm, from the south moved into the speaker. Very small bees.
I've always put my hand up to bees, playing with them but after meeting Alan Bukley, he's got me doing that a whole lot more!
Anyway, when you put your hand up to bees, they'll usually do a few things. One is ignore you, one is they run over, check you out and recede, another is they sting you, which of course ain't good at all!
Well the other day, I put my fingers up to bees on the woofer atop the speaker and had a new response which had me laughing hysterically!
This bee came at my fingers and tried biting them, would recede, then come at me again, biting at my fingers, snapping its mandibles like a dog playing, although clearly, the bee was not playing.
Anyway, just wanted to pass that along. I like this new colony. Gonna try and teach them to fetch next! :-D
Speaker box bees: http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/April12200802#5188574244940342466