Sleeping bumble bees on the ginger lilies.

Bumble bees are doing the strangest thing on the ginger lilies. They will rest for hours in a catatonic state on the flowers. I wrote earlier in the Summer about this behavior on passionflowers.

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They don’t move when you touch them and don’t hold their wings up in the normal manner when they feel threatened.

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The temperature is in the low 70s so I know it is not too cold for them to fly.

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Bumble bees do have a different life cycle than the introduced European honeybee. Only the queens survive the Winter and hibernate in protected locations.

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Maybe these are worker bees who are dying? Maybe they are young queens who are looking for drones to mate with before beginning the Winter hibernation? I will have to do some additional research!

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13 responses to “Sleeping bumble bees on the ginger lilies.

  1. I have seen that behavior also. I always thought they were dying. Looking forward to your research.

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  2. They were doing the same thing here before we had several freezes. I always thought it was because of the cold. It’s intriguing to find that it’s something else.

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  3. How very strange. Hope you find an answer and share it with us! Poor bumbles.

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  4. Very interesting, my friend! 🙂 Cool pics too! These bumblebees seem to be very big too instead of the bumblebees here in Belgium!

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  5. I have seen this behavior on flowers also. How idyllic – to slumber on a fragrant flower!

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