If insects, such as bees, freak you out and make you scream in terror, perhaps it’s because you haven’t seen these awesome photos of bees sleeping in flowers.
Can you imagine a cute fluffy bee covered in pollen and curled up asleep in the petals of flowers?
Well, we all now have a chance to see how it looks like when a bee decides to sleep comfortably in flowers, thanks to Joe Neely, an Arizona-based photographer.
The remarkable encounter began when Neely, together with his fiancé, Niccole, decided to go for a walk. His goal was to capture impressive poppy flower pictures.
Neely said in an interview:
“The story behind these photos [begins when] me and my fiancé Niccole went out to find poppy flowers. On the way back we saw this patch of pink flowers just off the highway, so we stopped to take some photos.”
“Niccole was shooting over this since the orange Globe Mallow plant was hidden inside all of these pink flowers, and she heard the bees buzzing about. Then she notices that some of the flowers had bees in them, but they were not moving.”
All the flowers were filled with bees. But, as Neely looked closer, he saw one active bee crawl to an open flower, and another was already taking a nap.
“I came over and studied it for a while, and more bees showed up. Soon, all the vacant flowers were occupied, and this one bee was left out.”
“She crawled over to this open flower and got inside with the other one. I was watching as he stumbled around almost drunk-like and then got settled in.”
It turns out that some bee species, specifically the Diadasia diminuta, can actually sleep inside orange globe mallow flowers.
This bee species, also called globe mallow bees, collect food from their favorite plant, the globemallow.
Their nests are commonly found in partially compacted soil along the margins of dirt roads in the western United States, according to Forest Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Another study by Brandon Hopkins, a bee researcher at Washington State University, states that “bees don’t have eyelids, so you can’t just look for bees with their eyes closed.”
Hopkins added that scientists have discovered that honey bees “stop moving their antenna” and sometimes fall sideways while asleep.
Bees population has been declining at a high rate. And destructive modern agricultural practices such as the use of insecticides are the leading cause of their extinction, according to sos-bees.org.
Scientists have also found that bees have interesting sleep patterns. Just like humans, they don’t do well without enough good deep sleep.
Without sleep, they’re unable to communicate with each other properly, and they’ll get sloppy in everything they do.