It has been quite a while since we published any pictures of interesting insects.
After we first moved here, it seemed like Mary was always calling me out to see another new insect or to remove a spider. Now it seems that we are more used to the various visitors around our patio and gardens. We have many types of bees that frequent our bird bath area and others that visit the flowers around the yard. So, I was a bit surprised when Mary called to me this afternoon to say there was a new bumble bee skittering around on the patio.
I went out to see this big bee.
The bee was lying on its’ back and seemed to be trying to right himself. He would curl up his body and then flop back onto his back and skitter around on the patio.
I went back into the house to get my camera and a piece of paper to see if I could help it turn over and fly away.
The bee was almost an inch long and his body was about a half inch wide. He was clearly the largest bee we have seen around here.
I edged the paper underneath the bee and he quickly righted himself and flew up toward my face and then fell back to the patio on his back! I scooped the bee back up and settled him on the table to get some close-up pictures as he tried to right himself again.
You can see how he tries to roll his body up into a ball to roll over.
But, this effort only seemed to tire him more and he would flop back down onto his back.
He seemed to be looking at me asking me to help him up again, so I tipped the paper and he rolled onto his feet. He, once again flew a few feet away, but landed in some dry grass this time and managed to stay pretty much upright.
He climbed up a piece of dry grass and gave me a good look at his beautiful green eyes.
Then he settled down still for a moment to gather his strength.
After a minute or so, he fluttered his wings and flew up and over the wall ending our brief encounter with this disoriented bumble bee here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!