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Another bee!

This one was on a doona cover on the clothesline. I almost brushed it with my hand, while knocking elm tree blossom off. It flew away after the photo.

It doesn’t seem to have a sting. Do they all have them?

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I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

18 thoughts on “Another bee!

    1. Mrs1943!!!??? Hello M-R, you going incognito, but I recognise that (_|_) anywhere. If you look closely at the bee photos from the other day, one has a sting sticking out (the featured pic, I think). This is sorry looking bee, maybe it’s some kind of wasp. πŸ˜€

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  1. If I remember correctly they all have a sting, it has a little barb on the end so if they sting someone the little stinger pulls out and then they die. Only the Queen can sting more than once as she doesn’t have a barb on the end. Great photo, lucky you didn’t brush it off.

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    1. Yeah, that’s what I thought. I was glad the fu[oops] that stung me last year was going to die! It went up my trouser leg and bit me near the knee and this huge spot came up – all red and swollen and sore for ages. πŸ˜€

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      1. Oooh, you poor thing, they reckon you should put ice on the area ASAP, and cross your fingers that your not allergic. Your supposed to remove the sting, but if you don’t do it the right way you can make it worse.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you. I’m seeing things on my walk which must have been going on around me all this time, and I haven’t noticed. Lots of bees here too, as the spring blooms get underway. πŸ˜€

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  2. “Wasps and many bees can sting more than once because they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee’s body as it tries to fly away.”

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  3. looks like all the stinger info has been put out there. honeybees all have a single stinger. so it’s nice that you didn’t have this one sting you – and that you were subsequently left unstung, and it was left to remain alive and produce honey.
     
    i actually have quite a fondness for honey bees, since there is such a growing dearth of them, and yet something like at least a third of the world’s food depends on them. so whenever i see them, they make me smile.
     
    just as a question regarding that sting you got previously – were you able to identify it as a honey bee? they usually are not very aggressive, whereas wasps are.
     
    anyhow, thanks for sharing this beautiful click πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello Chris, I love seeing plenty of bees around, too. The one that stung me, I provoked. I went out to the clothesline in floppy legged pants, without thinking, and it got trapped when I stood over it – went up the trouser leg and I panicked. It stung me before I could whip off the trousers. The bees were enmasse in capeweed flowers (daisies) and I can assure you I showed more commonsense on the next trip to the clothesline. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll come trawl through what I’ve missed over at your place later on today. I’m trying to turn into a ‘chores first’ person. Ha! as if. πŸ˜€

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