Interrupting a Bumble Bees nectar collection to feed it honey, petting it then getting a High Five as thanks. I’d call it more of a HIGH SIX because of the sixth leg.
After it left, it circled around— mapping where I was to return later but I have a life outside playing with insects all the time; had to roll.
This is a smaller European drone bumble bee on a nectar gathering task from the queen. I wanted to show how easily it was to attract the interest of a bumblebee using honey.
Bumblebees don’t make honey but gather pollen for their young and collect nectar for food for themselves. I thought it would be interesting to test whether bumblebees would like bees honey over nectar. I found out they do… but it is not really good for them because of the added enzymes honey bees add to nectar to make honey. But doing this once wasn’t going to hurt anyone.
I’ve always had interest in insects and mammals. I enjoy observing their behavior and learning from them. I consider myself part of the environment so often I interact with them, but not trying in a negative way. As for insects, I may place my hand in the path of one to get them to climb on me so I can observe them closer, or quite often save one from doom (because of no other fault of their own) due to their environment changing because of man. Like one upside down on the concrete or trapped in a room. I’ll pick them up, give them some sugar water to rehydrate / refuel and release them on their way to continue their role nature had originally planned for them. I’m just that way; have been ever since I gained a higher appreciation of life itself… taught by my beloved pets through the years.
“Feeding The World— One Animal At A Time” Dolph C. Volker
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