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I pass the house of Blue Banded Bees many times some days and see what is going on, which is not much, more often than not.

This time was no different but I stopped a while anyway, to see what may be. There were two BBB’s buzzing a particular entrance.

I got my camera and waited as one agitated BBB went at the doorway, disappeared into the nest, and returned backwards, still agitated.

Then another BBB did the same, so I set up to shoot in case anything appeared from inside the nest, as I have seen other BBB’s come out.

And there she was, Neon Cuckoo, came to the entrance from within and proceeded to preen, giving her head a combing with her front legs.

She was well aware of the apparently furious BBB’s but she was un-phased, being inured to such attentions by best practise of bees.

Instinct doesn’t allow for fear or stress in this being of a Cuckoo Bee, and it doesn’t have a thinking mind to interfere.

Doesn’t worry ‘what if’, stirring useless emotion to cloud its perception.

Simple intelligence, working as a bee.

Whatever works, it is what it is …

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Blue Banded Bee asleep at night on a twig of suitable size for grasping between mandibles. No insomnia here.






Tough little creature, the Neon Cuckoo Bee. Resting on the roof of the BBB’s house beneath the stairway.






Here she is surveying the activity around the BBB’s house from the nearest high point, all the better to act from.






Caught in the act, of laying in the BBB’s nest so her own young get a good start. A relaxed exit, for a robber.






Even while the BBB’s were buzzing her she stopped to preen, combing her face. Grooming is high on bee agenda.






By comparison the BBB’s were clearly agitated, entering and exiting the nest with mandibles spread for combat.






Just looking on, from a nearby nest. I think it was doing some excavation work, as the entryway changed shape.








Dec 21, 2021 at 04:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Neon Returns


Really nice set, Mark. The narration made for enjoyable reading. Lots of cool things out there in nature.


Dec 21, 2021 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Neon Returns


Amazing set and words.

Birdie



Dec 21, 2021 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Neon Returns


Wonderful shots and observations

Brian V.



Dec 22, 2021 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Neon Returns


Excellent behavioral set Mark!


Dec 22, 2021 at 05:06 AM
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YEG-Photog wrote:
Really nice set, Mark. The narration made for enjoyable reading. Lots of cool things out there in nature.


Indeed there are ... Thanks YP

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birdied wrote:
Amazing set and words.

Birdie


Thanks Birdie. Appreciated.

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LordV wrote:
Wonderful shots and observations

Brian V.


Thanks Brian. They are interesting to observe.

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Dalantech wrote:
Excellent behavioral set Mark!


Thanks John.

It's amazing, they have lives of their own.




Dec 22, 2021 at 08:24 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Neon Returns


Great captures


Dec 22, 2021 at 10:07 PM
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Hoffer wrote:
Great captures


Thanks Hoffer, appreciated.



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Neon Returns


Thanks for posting such interesting photos. And thanks for the explanation of what was happening, otherwise I would not have known. It made the photos much more interesting.

Dave



Dec 23, 2021 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Neon Returns


Fascinating set of shots, along with an explanation of the interactions between the two species. Very enjoyable.


Dec 23, 2021 at 11:48 PM
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dclark wrote:
Thanks for posting such interesting photos. And thanks for the explanation of what was happening, otherwise I would not have known. It made the photos much more interesting.

Dave


Thanks for your comment Dave, much appreciated. I like to tell the story, it seems no less significant for being of the tiny creatures - to me. But different, a different octave of being and intelligence on this planet.

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dallvr wrote:
Fascinating set of shots, along with an explanation of the interactions between the two species. Very enjoyable.


Thanks d... Much appreciated.



Dec 24, 2021 at 04:58 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Neon Returns


Wow, cool set. Thanks for sharing


May 21, 2022 at 09:41 PM
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klb170 wrote:
Wow, cool set. Thanks for sharing


Thanks K...



May 24, 2022 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Neon Returns


nice macro set


May 31, 2022 at 05:53 AM
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CW100 wrote:
nice macro set


Thanks CW...



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