Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beeing aware


Others have posted honeybee pictures, so I thought it was time for me to give this Bend, Oregon hymenoptera member it's debut. I have always loved watching these little critters and have been amazed, like so many, by their behavior. Years ago, when reading the 1962 nature journal, Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons, I remember Gibbons explaining how to locate a beehive. He suggested you put blue chalk on the butt of one of these little guys to identify your subject, then watch which way he flies off, time how long he's gone, get a bucket of sugar water and place it a short distance from the flower in the departure direction and hope the little guy is lured to your treat. If you are lucky, he selects your dessert rather than the flower. He stays a while, feasts and then flies off. This procedure is repeated, moving your sweet nectar continually in his departure direction, hoping he'll find you. Finally, our friend returns so quickly you know you're near his home. Then, Eureka, you see him come out of the old tree. I don't remember what you do once you find the hive, but it probably involves getting stung a bit in exchange for fresh honey. I have never forgotten this story and often imagine trying my hand at it. Of course I never have, but now that I've told you how it's done, "bee" my guest.

7 comments:

Raksha said...

This is just amazing...I didn't realize you liked bees! It just so happens I have a friend who is a beekeeper. I think I'll send him the link to this picture and post.

Sylvia K said...

I've always been intrigued by them and did have a chance once to get some honey directly from a hive that a friend of mine had on their farm. It was delicious! Great shot of the little guy, Lee!

Sylvia

tapirgal said...

They make outfits and smoke for getting the honey, but . . . chalk thing . . . right! You first!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic and lovely shot !! THanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Small City Scenes said...

'Ol Euell Gibbons, I remember him well. You must have to get to know a bee rather well to chalk his behind. but go for it if you must.
Nice shot. MB

Jacob said...

I'll bee darned! The moral of this story is a real stinger!

Now, I hopes you has a good day!

Sapphire said...

This picture is so bright and so beautiful :)