Bee Pandemonium

It is pandemonium at the hummingbird feeder. Just days ago there were a few bees and a butterfly.

A signal must have gone out to stimulate the need to get ready for the winter. The feeder was emptied in a manner of hours.

I used my long lens to capture the photos from a distance. I do not know if these are honey bees or wild bees, but maybe someone could help identify them.

The air is so crowded with bees, that I cannot get close enough to change the nearly empty feeder.

15 Comments on “Bee Pandemonium”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ll have to defer to Tina, but I think these are honey bees. I think most of our native bees are more solitary, although I suppose any bees that discover such a lovely treat might be willing to gather in a group.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Way too may bees!!

  3. Tina says:

    Those are definitely honey bees, not wild bees. They could be from a kept hive or one that swarmed and is in a tree or other protected place. They like sugar water, that’s the ONLY thing that beekeepers feed bees and it may be that they’re having a hard time finding nectar sources now. We’re droughty here in Central Texas, I don’t know if you’ve had any rain. I’m considering feeding my bees this winter, which normally, I don’t do. Drought sucks. πŸ™‚ Anyhow, it’s fine and good for them to have the sugar water, as long as any overwintering hummers don’t mind. You could set out a plate of shallow sugar water–generally 1 part sugar to 1 part water, by weight. They’ll probably still come to your hummingbird feeder though.

    • Thanks. I knew you would know what they are. I have quite a few flowers that I won’t cut back until they stop blooming, even though the plants are looking bad. The bees are all over the Hummingbird Bush and really like Coleus flowers. We are lacking in rain here also. It always seems too much or too little.

  4. Tina says:

    Great shots, btw!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, your location must have been broadcast on ‘bee radio!’ Guess you’ll have to fill it at night to avoid the crowds. πŸ˜‰

  6. Did they at least leave you a “thank you” note?

  7. Deb says:

    Storing up for winter. bees. Great photos!!

  8. Yup, the signal went out!!

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