The title is somewhat of a joke because these bees are anything but still. They are constantly in motion–eating, climbing, digging, flying. It can present some unique challenges if you are focusing and shooting manually on a fixed lens. My fingers are also constantly moving to keep up with the bees. It makes sense to me that they need to eat something so high in glucose and fructose, like nectar, because that level of activity requires a steady supply of quick energy, and nothing is quicker than pure sugar.
I saw a few different types of bees yesterday. They are less common to see than the bumblebees. They tend to hold a bit more still, but they’re more anxious and I can’t get as close to them. I’m not sure of their names, but this one looks like a wasp species. It has a sleek black body and beautiful midnight blue markings on its wings.
The bumblebees are docile and generally they will not sting unless provoked. These other bees are less predictable. I also saw a common honeybee. At least, that is what it looks like to me. Again, this bee held a bit more still, but I didn’t get as close because these bees are more anxious.
I have a hunch that this next bee isn’t a bee at all. I think it’s one of those insects that just looks like a bee. This is where nature really gets interesting to me … this species has an advantage because of the way it looks! Predators are less likely to eat it because they think it’s a bee.