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    Nature has a funny side.

    The other day, I saw something really odd... and funny.

    There was a wasp on a dandelion flower, I was trying to decide if I should squish it when a honey bee flew onto the flower right beneath the stinger of the wasp and started working the flower too, going right underneath the wasp.
    The wasp lifted its left legs up and over it and moved off to the other side of the flower, then, when the honey bee had its back to it, walked up to it, put both antennae on the bees back and then stepped back.
    When the bee turned around to face the wasp, the wasp stepped up and head butted the bee in the face twice,knocking it completely off ITS flower and then continued to work ITS flower as if nothing had happened.

    Here in New Zealand, we are in early spring.
    I think this does have some bearing on this behaviour as it is completely different to what I have observed at other times of the year.
    For now, the wasps are only interested in collecting nectar.

    What the bee did then was interesting as well.
    Instead of going onto another dandelion flower, it flew over to the brassicas and started foraging on them instead.

    I found this interesting because everything I have read has said that honey bees ONLY forage on one type of flower at a time....Obviously, this is not always the case.

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    IMO there are bees using the one type of flowers at a time and those which forage for diversity of pollen and nectar.
    I sometimes wonder why I see single bees working wild flowers while the others visit my planted flow fields right beside.
    If available I believe this varieties of food can be a factor to health, mostly the different pollen stores.

    In the picts you see the Hibiscus and Stonecrop in my garden. The bee on the stonecrop worked the hibiscus before ( the bee on the hibiscus is not the same bee, I wanted to show how the hibiscus pollen looks)
    Do the pollen bees go for nectar to boost energy or did that bee try the hibiscus nectar getting herself covered with pollen and then decided for stonecrop? May be because hibiscus nectar is hard to get for bees, they have to bite themselves to the bottom of the flower.

    Third pict is my AMM bringing a variety of pollen.

    PB.jpg NB.jpg DPB.jpg
    Last edited by 1102009; 09-23-2018 at 10:19 PM. Reason: picts added

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    I have decided to (try to) let go of any and all preconceived ideas, including those to do with bees, because there seems to be alot of observable oddities.
    I did wonder if she was collecting nectar from the dandelion and pollen from the brassica, but when she did finally fly off, she didnt have ANY pollen in her baskets.
    That first bee is REALLY Black!
    Some of mine look similar to the third pic, but not all.
    Nature is amazing.

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    The older, the darker they look, loosing the hairs

    Yes, I rely much on my own observations. Though I like to study research Iīm always a sceptic and compare with my own observations.

    What you tell above: there are insect communities on flowers often, seems they have not much problems with cooperating if nectar is abundant.
    Not when itīs about the stores and the broodnest territory though. Bees only tolerate some insects there. It would be interesting to find out which ones, and why.

    I did wonder if she was collecting nectar from the dandelion and pollen from the brassica, but when she did finally fly off, she didnt have ANY pollen in her baskets.
    Who knows, perhaps it was a scout bee examining the situation.

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    Here are two that my hive have tolerated over the last two winters....slugs and native cockcroaches.
    I have no idea why

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    Slugs!!! Haha! Nice! They are not inside the hive I believe, but around?

    Mine tolerate :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earwig

    In the climate lid they live and they run around on the varroa board ( hope they do not take mites away from my counting, but can be).

    Ants they tolerate too, I have anthills under every hive, but both insects they do not give access into the inside of the box walls..

    Spiders live under the lid too, spinning themselves into cocoons for overwintering.

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