I’ve got a thing about bees inspite of having been stung a few times as a child – haven’t been since then as I’ve come to understand them.
The first rule is to respect their territory, don’t make a lot of loud noise, or begin swatting at them if they’ve drawn near to take a closer look.
Funny thing is that at times if I’m running a power tool like a saw and they’re around they don’t seem to like it – the noise aggravates them.
Understandable as people won’t exactly gravitate to such sounds even though it’s common and acceptable to those in the construction trades.
Bumble Bees seem to take particular offense and even will become aggressive – same approach though, bad idea to swat at them.
Interestingly bees have an acute sense of smell, they can detect odors through their legs, antenna, and mouth.
As I understand it receptors vary depending on body location – I’ve noticed that different types/piles of sawdust seem to have an attraction to them.
No nectar or pollen in sawdust that I’m aware of so I assume the attraction is based on smell. I haven’t conducted a survey or offered a questionnaire but I’d say judging by personal observation cedar has a certain allure though it is a favored repellent for moths in closets and drawers.
Someone told me there is a men’s aftershave that smells like cedar, since I have no need of aftershave I wouldn’t know but had to laugh when they likened it to pheromones in a bottle when it comes to attracting women, maybe something for those “metro” men to try.
Certain colors attract bees, like the purple of blessed thistle or a morning glory and yet I’ve been told they don’t perceive the color red, I suppose that inability is compensated for by sense of smell and visual recognition of a flower.
As a kid I can recall a couple of times when I plucked a morning glory flower to suck on the end for the nectar, kind of a treat as it was sweet and sweet was always in short supply – later I found out some species can induce a high or even a psychotic reaction.
I never experienced that, didn’t fall into a trance, get high, have visions, or become a morning glory addict and have to go rehab, but in knowing that I’m content to admire their beauty, scent, and leave it at that while suggesting others do the same.
Makes me wonder though if bees get high on morning glories kind of like cows will on silage? Which can be really funny as silage ferments.
Bees supposedly aren’t aerodynamically suited to flight and yet they fly – too bad the same can’t be said of humans.
It’s gotten cold enough now where bees have retired for the winter, they’ve laid up stores and have the ability to maintain a constant temperature within the hive – don’t know if they play board games to wile away the winter hours or have a library to avail themselves of but they’ve generationally cultivated a lifestyle that suits them.
Maybe they have elders and story tellers like grandfather, I’d like to think so.
What I do know is the world would be a radically different place if not for them.