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to not know that bees sleep in flowers? Did you know this?!

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aforestgrewandgrew Sun 16-Oct-16 13:26:26

Female bees who haven't made it back to the hive in time, and roving male bees snuggle down inside flowers, apparently.

Is this not the cutest thing ever?! How did I not know this?

I told DS and he said "yes mum, bees sleep in flowers" as if it was common knowledge. But both DP and I had to ask Google before we believed it. Link

I had no idea!, did you?

Boundaries Sun 16-Oct-16 13:32:25

Oh my...

aforestgrewandgrew Sun 16-Oct-16 13:32:57

Picture of a bee sleeping in a foxglove - from here

aforestgrewandgrew Sun 16-Oct-16 13:33:43

Uploading the picture would help, hey?! blush

chinam Sun 16-Oct-16 13:42:17

I didn't know that. Of course things I don't know make up a much bigger list than things I do know.

acasualobserver Sun 16-Oct-16 13:44:46

Is this not the cutest thing ever?!

Not if you bend down for a sniff and get stung up the hooter. Thanks for the warning.

PCDC Sun 16-Oct-16 13:47:41

I didn't know this either; how lovely!

DonkeyOaty Sun 16-Oct-16 13:52:34


Rosamund1 Sun 16-Oct-16 13:59:07

Very cute - like from a fairytale .

Soubriquet Sun 16-Oct-16 14:02:41

That's really sweet grin

aforestgrewandgrew Sun 16-Oct-16 14:05:25

acasualobserver well yes, that could give you a slightly different perspective!

If it's warm you're probably safe though. Bees can't fly when it's cold* and the females - which are the only ones that sting ** end up in flowers when they get caught out because of a sudden drop in temperature so sleep on the nearest suitable flower as they can't fly back to the hive. So when the day warms up I imagine they buzz off sharpish once they've warmed up.

* I did know this!
** I didn't know this before today either

princesspineapple Sun 16-Oct-16 14:06:36

This is so cute! I had no idea either.

GladAllOver Sun 16-Oct-16 14:12:32

Not if you bend down for a sniff and get stung up the hooter

Nothing to worry about. Bees don't sting unless you really, really upset them.

If you find a lethargic bumble when it's getting cold, encourage it to climb onto the palm of your hand. It will stay there, enjoying the warmth of your skin, and you can examine it as closely as you want. Wonderful!

Bluesrunthegame Sun 16-Oct-16 21:39:07

I didn't know this until now. Earlier this summer, I found a very still bumble bee on a sunflower. Acting on the advice of a Facebook friend, I made up a lukewarm sugar solution and sort of dangled the bee's face in it. It drank the sugar but then didn't merrily fly away and stayed on the flower. I now realise I woke a sleeping bee and dunked it in sugar. My friend said that when bees are still on flowers or on the grass, the ground etc., they have run out of blood sugar and need help, hence the sugar. Next time, I'll leave the poor bees alone, really didn't know they had the occasional nap.

SnowWhiteTan Sun 16-Oct-16 23:05:45

Awwww so cute! I love a good bee fact smile

RiverTam Sun 16-Oct-16 23:08:05

Aww, that is the cutest thing ever.

BoopTheSnoot Sun 16-Oct-16 23:08:35

Aww I like bees. The humble bumble, productive, helpful, industrious and a little bit badass grin

DisneyMillie Sun 16-Oct-16 23:09:02

I had no idea either

intheknickersoftime Sun 16-Oct-16 23:10:01

Every time I'm stressed I'm going to focus on a mental image of a bee sleeping in a flower. The very thought of this makes my heart sing a bit.

aforestgrewandgrew Sun 16-Oct-16 23:57:00

awww Bluesrunthegame you basically gave a bee a dream feed. grin

CauliflowerSqueeze Mon 17-Oct-16 00:00:29

Blues how lovely! That would be like dozing off and having a warm doughnut dangled in front of you. 🍩

2kids2dogsnosense Mon 17-Oct-16 00:00:52


So all of those "hard-working" bees spend half of their lives dossing in foxgloves or having a sly kip on a handy dandelion, do they?

Does the Queen (Bee) know about this?

No the wonder Britain's going down the tubes, all those lazy bees copping off instead of making honey. They want to be ashamed of themselves.

CreepyClown Mon 17-Oct-16 00:21:40

i did not know either that is really cute

LineyReborn Mon 17-Oct-16 00:34:13

And teeny tiny weenie little pixies ride on their backs in the sun all day long with their hands clutching the velvety bee fur and their excited legs flapping gaily in the warm breeze.

MrsJayy Mon 17-Oct-16 00:41:30

Taking that too far Liney grin that is cute though . Did you know that they dont know how bees fly their wings are out of proportion to their body.

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