Waiting for the sun?
I was admiring the zinnias growing in our backyard and noticed a large bumblebee lying on one of the blossom. I poked him with a piece of paper to see if he was dead, and he didn't move. I was pondering the idea of poisonous flowers when I noticed other motionless bumblebees. One was even hanging on the flower upside down. None of the bees in the photos below were moving, not a bit.
New theory: since last night's temperature had dropped to 54 degrees, they were sleeping, waiting for the warmth of the sun to get them going again. Sure enough, later in the morning all the bodies were gone from the blossoms, replaced by industrious buzzing bees. Does this transformation happen every night and I just never noticed it, or did the unusually cool August night make a difference?
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