It was a hot day for me and maybe for this bee
When I stopped briefly in a back alley in Fairview this afternoon, it was to watch a bumbling bee going around in circles. The burly building manager who then stopped, did so in order to see what I was doing and then the white SUV slowed down in order to maneuver around the two of us — but as the driver pulled by I saw him trying to get a look at whatever the fuss was about.
Late last summer I posted about another bumble bee acting this way; how there was every chance that it had been infected by a parasitic fly, Apocephalus borealis, that plants its eggs in bees and turns them into so-called zombees.
But today’s bee might’ve just as likely momentarily run out of steam.
When I left it, it had its wings extended and I thought that it might fly off at any moment.
Next time I see a bumble doing this on a hot day I promise I’ll do what I should’ve done today: I’ll dribble some water on the pavement, in case it’s tuckered out and thirsty — there are so few outdoor sources of water in the Fairview neighbourhood for humans, beasts or bumble bees. Click the image to enlarge it.