The Bumble (aka Humble) Bee Hovering Near Eastern Bluestar

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This bee is of the species Bombulus griseocallis. One needs a high SS to freeze its wings, and apparently 1/3000 not quite fast enough. One of the most important pollinator bees in North America, this large, bulky 3-legged bee often strikes terror in the hearts of Ontarians sunbathing at the beach---mostly, I suppose, because of its loud buzzing and its people-curious M.O. Their toxin is "usually" not fatal to humans, but reactions vary widely from mild to severe. I've been "exposed" to bumble bees zillions of times, but have never been stung -- yet. By the way, their efficiency in pollination and foraging comes from their ability to drop "traplines". These lines guide other bees to the correct path for food while informing them of depleted locations.
17/06/2022 - 21:43go4IT
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/3000
Focal Length90mm


Link Posted 19/06/2022 - 22:46
Bumble bees will not sting you at all unless you abuse them. The easiest way to remove one from the house is to encourage it onto your hand and carry it outside. The hardest thing to do is to get it to let go - they grip really tightly! .... Why do you call this one "three legged"?
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Link Posted 20/06/2022 - 20:53
Personally, I'm not afraid of bumble bees, but lots of people are ---needlessly, as you point out David. Most amused by your method of removing them from indoors. And lastly, I meant there are three legs to a side: 6 legs in all.

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