Bee Chases Bee

My turn! My turn!

Photo taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond, Virginia

While photographing the bees with my camera, I’ve observed how they attempt to knock each other off the flowers. I imagine it’s a survival technique – if the flower is good, why should they try a different one even though others are nearby without competiton?

The bees try to chase away each other, as well as wasps, butterflies, beetles, and anything else that might be collecting pollen. Sometimes they’re successful in getting the prize, other times they lose and have to find their own flower.

What’s interesting is that the butterflies aren’t easily dislodged. Often I hear a thunk as the bee bounces off a butterfly and careens off, usually acting a bit wobbly.

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8 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Lulu: “Our Dada says he’s not surprised the bees just bounce off the butterflies.”
    Charlee: “Yes, he said something like ‘That’s what you get when you mess with Mothra.'”
    Chaplin: “We have no idea what he’s talking about.”

    • Aw, you poor babies. It must be hard when Dada speaks in code. You need to discuss it with the group and see if someone has a code book to figure it out!

    • Thank you! The bees are pretty fierce with chasing each other off. By now though, you’d think they’d know to leave the butterflies alone. The butterflies aren’t going to get knocked off. The small wasps though are fair game.

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