A Wee Bit of Bee Butt

Story and pictures by Avalus

I noticed earth-bees emerging and vanishing between two stone plates in the paveway in the garden, so I crouched down and waited for the next bee to come out. But the inhabitants were not that sure about the sudden appearance of a strange black block in front of their door and so cautiously just poked their heads out only to retreat again. (first picture and the detail cut out, with a head of a bee eying me suspiciously visible) Then after five minutes or so one of them had enough of the paparazzi, moved out and took off just as I moved in a more comfortable position and so I nearly missed her. As you can see, I just captured her butt :D.

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Photo 1 (detail) ©Avalus, all rights reserved

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Photo 3 ©Avalus, all rights reserved.






  1. says

    Ahhhh, Waschbetonplatten. Does any other nation have them? The concrete plates with pebbles on top?
    I’m amazed that they’re burrowing at this time of year. I always get them in early spring. Then the left hand side of the slope is swarming with them

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Yes, they exist here and the Finnish name looks like a calque from the German name, pesubetonilaatta, pesubetonilaatat (singular, plural; pesu = Wasch/wash, betoni = Beton/concrete, laatta = Platte/tile or plate).

    It seems that there can be quite a microcosm there on the tiles.

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