Bumble Bee in Winter

I’m assuming she is a queen, since only the queens are supposed to last through the Winter. In any case, when I first encountered her on a cold morning she looked still and dead, hanging from the Lavender ‘Sidonie’ flower by her front legs.

Bumble Bee on lavender Sidonie 1

And then as the sun came out, she slowly crawled up over the flower and started cleaning the water droplets off her antennae.

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Then she had a good look at me and the camera.

 

Bumble Bee on lavender Sidonie 3

Before taking some nectar for breakfast.

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And having another little rest while the sun warmed up.

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When she took to the wing.

Bumble Bee flies

 

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10 thoughts on “Bumble Bee in Winter

  1. Gorgeous photography! You have framed your macros very nicely. We haven’t cut our lovly lavender yet and I tried some shots of all the busy insects yesterday. It’s overwhelming, they put a big smile on my face every day. 🙂

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