Monday, August 10, 2009
Bee buzzing blossom.
The rain abated. I went outside and accidentally stepped on a Grove Snail that was celebrating the new damp regime. Ow, sorry. A slow-moving bumblebee was buzz-pollinating the Japanese anemones. It was extremely inefficient in its foraging. It didn't fly from one flower to the next, but instead went on looping sky-flights between blossoms, landing randomly on another flower, sometimes the one it had just left. Bumblebee indeed. This may be Bombus perplexus, the Confusing Bumblebee, but I'm not sure. Somewhere out there must be a Bombus expert intent on correcting all online misidents. Bravo, bee hero, please do.