(that is, Bee Pee Sepielle)
By request by Daniel Midgley (wait, *that* Daniel Midgley? Apparently so), a verse about… well, about a rather remarkable photograph. (please do follow the link–I would love to embed the photo, but as a creator of original content, I am becoming a bit of a stickler for credit where it is due; the photographer, Mark Parrott, shouldn’t have his photo spread all over creation without recompense.) The photo shows… well… a bee. Peeing. in flight. It is a remarkable photo, and I really wish I had taken it. I’ve taken scores of pictures of bees, wasps, flies, and the like in my garden, but never an action shot like Parrott’s.
The difficult thing about bee-ing is peeing–
The other bees know that you should be at work!
One tempting solution is trying while flying
But those right below you might think you’re a jerk
You want them to think that you’r working, not shirking,
Cos bees must keep busy in order to thrive
You’re out sucking nectar from flowers for hours
But look for a bathroom? There’s none in the hive!
Or, maybe, it’s just… we’ve been missing them pissing;
They do what they need to, right under our nose!
It’s too hard a task to look closely, so mostly
We don’t see them pissing from daisy to rose.
Some luck, and some keen observation–elation!–
A miracle snapshot; a shutterbug’s bliss!
The mystery’s solved, with this photo, in toto,
We finally see how a bee takes a piss!