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Has anyone ever seen a bumble bee that hovers, guards, but does not land on a flower source? We had this fellow guarding our lilac bush whereas he would meet all bees approaching the bush and chase away some yet let others forage. I assume he could smell that they were of his hive. He would follow the same patterns of flight around the bush, and hover in the same areas for hours on end. This went on daily for weeks until the blooms ended. Not the greatest or clearest shot, my apologies, but I was lucky to have taken this shot as I tried at least fifty shots, but could only get within 10 feet before he would fly off to the other side of the bush. He always seemed to be aware of me there. Any feedback on this experience would be great.
Bumble Bee Guardian
Edited on Jul 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM · View previous versions