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Apr 23, 2016 06:13 |  #1

...... that I originally thought was dead lol.

Have to put the little story behind this pic lol. The other morning on a quick skim around the garden I found this male Anthophora plumipes low down on one of the flower beds (full of one of the wild garlic flowers). He wasn't moving so I initially thought he was dead as he was an old male.

Got the camera and agonised as to whether I should take a pic because I don't usually take pics of dead or distressed creatures unless I need to (yep, I am too soft lol). I thought I mustn't miss the chance of seeing the detail of this bee as you cant get that close to them for long when they are active.

Only took 2 pics and was chewing over whether to use the pics as they looked rather nice on the camera. Anyway, 20 to 30 minutes later I went back to look at it and it had gone! Hoorah I thought, he was alive after all lol. So my dilemma was over, I could use the pic :-)

After posting it on my FB timeline and also the BWARS FB page, one of the BWARS guys told me I had woken him up during his nap lol lol. He then explained to me that they clench their jaws onto a stem to bed down over night or to have a sleep - something I didn't know lol and something I had certainly never found before.

Anyway, after all that, here is the pic of him having his nap.

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Apr 23, 2016 06:19 |  #2

Great shot and funny story!


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Apr 23, 2016 06:23 |  #3

chrisa2007 wrote in post #17981806 (external link)
Great shot and funny story!


LOL, yes, I just had to put the history behind this photo - I am still chuckling about my ignorance now lol.

Many thanks.

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Apr 23, 2016 06:54 |  #4

Beautiful shot!

I think that lactic acid builds up in their muscles when their metabolism slows down and they contract, allowing the bee to use its mandibles as an anchor with little to no effort. Same phenomenon that happens to the muscles in a bird's feet when they sleep on a wire.


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Apr 23, 2016 07:14 |  #5

Dalantech wrote in post #17981831 (external link)
Beautiful shot!

I think that lactic acid builds up in their muscles when their metabolism slows down and they contract, allowing the bee to use its mandibles as an anchor with little to no effort. Same phenomenon that happens to the muscles in a bird's feet when they sleep on a wire.

Thanks John.

That's interesting and does make sense. Not sure what I thought they did at night or to have a sleep, think I thought they went back to their hole/nest, but certainly didn't expect or know this lol.

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Apr 23, 2016 14:24 |  #6

Awesome find and capture Linda! I have only come across this once.


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Apr 23, 2016 15:55 |  #7

CanopicJar wrote in post #17982206 (external link)
Awesome find and capture Linda! I have only come across this once.

Thank you very much. I will be on the look out now but I bet I don't ever see this again.

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Apr 24, 2016 00:42 |  #8

Wonderful capture Linda
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Apr 24, 2016 00:55 |  #9

Very cool shot.


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Apr 24, 2016 03:27 |  #10

LordV wrote in post #17982809 (external link)
Wonderful capture Linda
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Thanks Brian

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Very cool shot.

Many thanks, much appreciated


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Apr 24, 2016 22:42 |  #11

Forgot to mention that bees are creatures of habit, so you might find it sleeping in the same general area. Males have a tendency to sleep above the female's nesting chambers as well.


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Apr 25, 2016 02:33 |  #12

Dalantech wrote in post #17983908 (external link)
Forgot to mention that bees are creatures of habit, so you might find it sleeping in the same general area. Males have a tendency to sleep above the female's nesting chambers as well.

Thanks very much for that info John. I did scan that border again the other day but no sign of him although I did see just one female feeding along there. Haven't seen him since but then it has turned bitterly cold here.

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Apr 25, 2016 18:39 |  #13

A great photo, great story and an education all rolled into one! Thank you for the insight.


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Apr 26, 2016 03:03 |  #14

greyswan wrote in post #17984923 (external link)
A great photo, great story and an education all rolled into one! Thank you for the insight.

Aww, thank you very much, really appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed it :-)

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