Bees are in a frenzy at this time of year, madly zooming from flower to flower. Except for these two. They found a flower they liked and stayed put – for the night. The one on the dahlia, who appeared to be a nectar lover, drank his fill and spent the night. I checked several times to see if he were actually alive! I wondered if he had drunk so much he couldn’t get lift off, or if he had nectar hangover.
The bumble bee on the marigold seemed to be collecting pollen, but he also slept (or whatever bees do) on his treasure trove. It was fairly cool that night,(36 F.) so in the morning I set the plant in the sun. Pretty soon I could see his little abdomen pulsing, and in about a half hour he was gone.
I have not seen this behavior in any other bees, but it certainly gave me opportunity to practice every imaginable camera setting!