Honey Bees, I think, a sting in a death struggle... © All Rights Reserved

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Jean Gregory Evans on March 19, 2011

Are they honey bees? I am not sure.

I am sure that this is a sting. The top bee was stinging the captive bee over and over until it went limp and still held on. At one time, the top bee, probably a guard bee, buzzed and shook the captive. This continued for many minutes and I finally had to leave them. I didn't fully realize what I was seeing until I examined my photos.

The flower is not a wildflower and is one of the early flowers of Spring. I purchased it many years ago and set it out in my yard. I have forgotten its name. Drat. Do you know the name of this flower?

This photo was taken with a good deal of zoom. I didn't want to get stung and I did not get stung.

theolfa on March 20, 2011

How dramatic! Thanks for the explanation, Jean, I never thought that bees would kill each other, and I believed that once a bee used its sting it would die. Is that not right? I can't see enough of the flower to even hazard a guess, but it's a good macro. Theolfa

trikermike on March 20, 2011

Jean, what a great Macro you got here, I wonder if THIS will help explain the guard bees actions, it is a paper from Annals of the Entomological Society of America, which looks like a good read after dinner!

Take good care!

trikermike on March 20, 2011

Theolfa IF YOU READ THIS you will learn more about guard bees protecting the hive and you question will be answered! Have a good read by the fire!



theolfa on March 20, 2011

Thanks, Mike! I have learned something new today, and I'll never look at bees in the same way again. Fancy those 'queens' killing all the competition so they'll be in charge. Sounds like a beauty pageant ;D Theolfa

Johann Hartl on March 21, 2011

Schönes Makro

Gruß Hans

Səməd on March 26, 2011

Tow of nature's marvels. Like

((Ospr3y)) on March 27, 2011

Nice capture, Jean. They are a breed of honeybee. My parents have a hive and they say bees will attack intruders to the hive.

Jean Gregory Evans on April 2, 2011

Theolfa, thank you! I think you are correct - that most often after a bee uses its stinger, it dies. I have uploaded another photo of the flower. I hope you can tell me what it might me. My memory of the purchase of the flower is so many years now and I thought it is not a native plant, but now that I think again, it might actually be a native. Early on, I was only planting native species and did purchase a few of the native flowers. I wish I could figure out what this is called!

Mike, thank you! That is a very good read!

Hans, Danke. Es ist so schön von dir zu hören wieder!

Samad Talebpour, I totally agree with you on that!

((Ospr3y)), Thank you for the compliment and the information. Nature is so fascinating, isn't it?? You be careful with those honeybees now. Good on your parents for helping bees!

mramorn on April 4, 2011

Очень красивая фотография! Класс!!!

cindy555 on April 9, 2011

Good capture



Jose Shell on April 12, 2011

nice shot



kazem shokatabadi - … on October 21, 2011

very beautiful photo! Like

Jean Gregory Evans on October 22, 2011

Thank you, everyone! I truly appreciate your kind words.

Florentine Vermeiren on December 29, 2012

Another great nature shot of yours Jean. Like 4. Thank you and all the participants for the provided information.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 19, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
    • Taken on 2011/03/18 14:51:30
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 100.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash