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Field Bee
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Location: Enumclaw Plateau, WA

« on: May 30, 2013, 09:13:20 PM »

Hey everyone!  Been a long time, but took a picture of this bee and thought of you guys right away.  This honeybee was the only honeybee on a huge patch of phacelia that only the bumbles seemed to have tripped over.  Anyway, she was the only honey there, and she wasn't moving very much.  I thought it odd at the time, but when I got the picture onto my computer and blown up, I noticed her tongue is all hanging out, but it doesn't look like she's consuming anything.

Hate to jump to the fact that she might have hit a source sprayed with something nasty, but it occurs to me that I don't see the results of bees dying of old age either.  When a bee dies of natural causes, will its tongue hang out like this?  What do you think?

Galactic Bee
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 11:40:25 PM »

Have never looked that closely at the bees that die on the flowers, but I will look now.
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