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Posts Tagged: swimming pool

Summertime...and the Livin' Is Easy

Summertime...and the living is easy...A female sweat bee, genus Halictus, floats on a leaf in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today's the Fourth of July and folks are splashing in their pools. So, what happens when a bee falls in? Sometimes they get lucky--if there's a human around to rescue them.  And sometimes their luck extends to a floating leaf. This tiny...

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Rescue 911

Drenched honey bee gets ready to sip honey from a plastic spoon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for honey bees. Today I fished out some thoroughly drenched honey bees from our swimming pool.Indeed, the pool looked like an Olympic meet for Apis mellifera. It appears that while the bees were foraging on...

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Everybody Out of the Pool

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee

It's raining bumble bees in our pool.Yellow-faced bumble bees (Bombus vosnesenskii). And honey bees (Apis mellifera), too.While nectaring lavender, catmint, tower of jewels, sedum and other plants, some of the foragers land in our pool. Talk about...

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM
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