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Sleeping Bees

July 18th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon we had a thunderstorm roll through. I was out on the porch watching the rain when I noticed this little guy (or gal) sleeping on my hanging basket. I suppose since he can’t be out flying around he figured a catnap would be nice.
He slept here through the entire rain storm and a few minutes after it ended he took off to go about his business gathering nectar & pollen.

Have you ever noticed sleeping bees in your gardens?

9 Comments to “Sleeping Bees”
  1. Daphne on July 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever found a sleeping bee in the afternoon. I’ve found bumblebees sleeping in my raspberries in the morning though.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Busy as a Bee =-.

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    • jgs on September 24, 2009 at 7:59 am

      I just found some bees sleeping on the raspberry bushes. that is why i looked it up — i didn’t realize they slept?! silly me.

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  2. Dave on July 18, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I’ve seen them every once in a while. That one sure slept better than I did last night with a cranky 19 month waking up at 3 in the morning. Time for coffee!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Two Shade Garden Plant Combinations I Like =-.

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  3. tj on July 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    …Question is, how do you know they’re sleeping?

    …Pretty photo!


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    • Susy on July 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      You’ll notice them sitting there and not busily buzzing around. They’re not collecting pollen or nectar. Sometimes in the evenings I notice bees sleeping on various plants around the yard.

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      • tj on July 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm

        …Hard to imagine a bee getting a lil’ shut-eye but goodness knows they deserve it! :o)

        …Thanks for answering my question!


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  4. Helen at Toronto Gardens on July 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve found butterflies — if not napping, then hanging out to avoid the rain. Can’t resist a post with the title “sleeping bees” — it has a lovely sound, and now I’m going to be saying it all afternoon.
    .-= Helen at Toronto Gardens´s last blog ..Blooms Day: Mid-July in Toronto =-.

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  5. s on July 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    We see it a lot in the fall, especially with bumble bees in our big autumn joy sedum. We joke that they are drunk from all the pollen after rolling around in the big blossoms, but its probably the cooler evening temps that happen that time of year.
    .-= s´s last blog ..100 heads of garlic =-.

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  6. curlywillow on July 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I often find sleeping bees in my garden on warm summer nights. It’s like they want to get an early start the next morning! They sleep inside the foxglove blooms, as well as on top of the purple coneflowers.

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