The bumblebees are all over these red flowers in the yard. The hummingbirds will be here within a month and they also like this Texas native plant. I am having some very high heat this week-100, 101 and 105. My dogwoods may not recover. I had a 10 minute rain shower this afternoon, which broke the heat for today. Your hot photostudy tonight is the bumblebee and baby buzz as he looked just before the rain. Part 2 will be after the rain (next post). Enjoy!
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NestsBumblebees form colonies, which are usually much less extensive than those of honey bees. This is due to a number of factors including the small physical size of the nest cavity, the responsibility of a single female for the initial construction and reproduction that happens within the nest, and the restriction of the colony to a single season (in most species). Often, mature bumblebee nests will hold fewer than 50 individuals. Bumblebee nests may be found within tunnels in the ground made by other animals, or in tussock grass as opposed to Carpenter Bees that burrow into wood. Bumblebees sometimes construct a wax canopy ("involucrum") over the top of their nest for protection and insulation. Bumblebees do not often preserve their nests through the winter, though some tropical species live in their nests for several years (and their colonies can grow quite large, depending on the size of the nest cavity). In temperate species, the last generation of summer includes a number of queens who overwinter separately in protected spots. The queens can live up to one year, possibly longer in tropical species.
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I created a short slide show below to allow you to see that this bird is really moving all the time. They appear to be statues on a tree when viewed in passing at a brief glance. To learn more about vultures, check your Google Index.
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! Put water out for the birds and bees!