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hey, we're all guys. the queen stays home.

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Bumble bees look like you might be able to pat them. They don't sting unless you really get them fussed up. They are also an industry. It costs more to drive tomatoes from California to Toronto than it does to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse. They used to have men running around these greenhouses with little dusters to pollinate all the tomatoes. Then someone figured out that bumblebees do this faster and better--even than a honey bee. So now bumbles are a crop, produced year round here in Canada and around the world, so they can buzz around greenhouse crops and make things happen.

The bumbles in the photos are free, enjoying the coneflowers in my friends, Maggie and Pete's front garden. They live with the queen in a nest the size of an orange, in some dark little place.

I like bumbles. They are good looking, a little furry, hard working and slow to anger.

one of the world's largest suppliers of bumbles

Kostika says:

Wow! What an amazing shot.

18th Jul 2007, 18:24

Dhamaka says:

fantastic shot

.. and that's how I like my guys... working hard..

(I wish)

18th Jul 2007, 18:26

swamprose says:

thank you.
and for the HL.

the bfish macro works really well if you can get the bumbles to stay still.

and yeah Dhamaka, any furry, hard working, slow to anger guys out there?

18th Jul 2007, 19:07

nige says:

great story, and i love the colours.

i can safely say that after a week of not shaving, i'm similar in nature to a bumble bee. when i shave though, the furriness sadly departs...

18th Jul 2007, 19:21

alicat9 says:

gorgeous shot! i love bees - especially bumble bees - they are such beautiful creatures. I find it interesting that they are kept like crops there. Is that an Echinacea flower?

18th Jul 2007, 19:23

swamprose says:

yes, alicat. it's an Echinacea, or coneflower. The real flowers are in the centre and are really small--so the bumbles have a big job with just one flowerhead.

18th Jul 2007, 19:35

silar31 says:

Well, my DH is 2 out of 3 (he's not furry). ;)

And that first pic is truly spectacular. Well deserved HL!

18th Jul 2007, 19:44

swamprose says:

hey silar, how's the hard drive project coming?

18th Jul 2007, 19:46

silar31 says:

It's in a holding pattern now. Reinstalling from scratch seems to have fixed things. Pretty much. Hopefully it'll stay fixed for a while - long enough for me to get a better job so I can upgrade this computer some, or even a really good job - then I'll be in the market for a MacBook Pro. ;)

18th Jul 2007, 19:55

swamprose says:

heh.
in australia?

18th Jul 2007, 20:22

Viv says:

Hi - great shot

18th Jul 2007, 20:26

swamprose says:

hey viv. your place looks fantastic. I am taking a day off from everything responsible. :)

edit. some parts of your house, viv, look like a bomb exploded. I am seriously impressed.

18th Jul 2007, 20:31

JokerXL says:

That top shot's so frikkin' fantastic!
You have different Bumblebees to us, ours are black and yellow, sometimes with a bit of red.

18th Jul 2007, 21:03

Kostika says:

Bumble Bees are the best. They're all fuzzy and round.

I do love that top photo though. I just knew everyone needed to see it.

18th Jul 2007, 21:06

Sprocket says:

what lovely shots - but I do wish bees made jam rather than honey

18th Jul 2007, 21:08

MaggieD says:

Wow, these are brilliant shots! .... now if bees made chocolate (not a great lover of honey or jam) ..... I would welcome them into my garden with open hives ....

18th Jul 2007, 21:30

Viv says:

Glad all was recovered - excellent return!

18th Jul 2007, 22:00

minkey says:

What a fabulous shot. Like bumble bees, even the name in english sounds nice (more than bourdons :-)) Great HL
Maybe the reason why we got so many bumblebees is that they are a crop. Why can't do the same to save normal bees?
Maggie chocolate ...hmmm
sprocket jam easier to make than honey (apricot even ;-))

18th Jul 2007, 22:54

hildegard says:

These are fabulous.

18th Jul 2007, 23:15

swamprose says:

why thank you, h. kudos from you, Joker and the crew only serve to enourage my addiction.

18th Jul 2007, 23:18

harimanjaro says:

These are absolutely superb, I love the first one. I've been reading an interesting book about bees: The Hive: The Story of the Honey Bee and Us. Highly recommended for bee fans.

Isn't it wasps that make jam, Sprocket?

19th Jul 2007, 10:01

yeah, wasps make jam and ants make sugar.

19th Jul 2007, 10:37

jc1000000 says:

just having a wow moment over here

19th Jul 2007, 11:20

harimanjaro says:

Unless you fed them oranges, then they make marmalade.

19th Jul 2007, 11:25

crickson NLI says:

Bees are brilliant!

19th Jul 2007, 11:37

swamprose says:

Hari-thanks for the book suggestion. I have to say the best part so far is that the author is BEE Wilson.

19th Jul 2007, 12:07

Sprocket says:

hmmmm

19th Jul 2007, 16:01

That first shot is amazing. Great macro there! And I agree with Crickson, bees are indeed brilliant.

20th Jul 2007, 02:17

kristiyan says:

Fascinating story... excellent photo shots. :)

21st Jul 2007, 20:06

chocolate says:

amazing shots and an interesting info =)

24th Jul 2007, 23:40

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