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dark bee tumblr show me the forbidden bees

this is the masked bee! she has no friends and hates everyone. Sometimes when she has kids she raises them alone and doesn’t let the father come for day trips. she loves pollen but does not like waiting for it so she chews flowers open which is essentially stealing. we love her anyway.

these bees are homalictus bees! they are the rainbow gay bees. Females tend to live together in one nest and guard the entrance. one time we found 160 gay girls bunking together. They’re so irridescent and small that they might look like flies but they are really just tiny lesbians.

and this is the blue banded bee! she may look like she’s wacked out, but really she is pretty chill. she just wants to live independently (or with some friends) in a nest or burrow and look after tomatoes.

this is a cuckoo bee! she is really cool! she goes into other bee’s houses and lays eggs there, and then when the baby hatches it eats the host bees’ pollen and lays waste to the hive, murdering and eating all the other bee babies! BUT ONLY if it’s mother bee didn’t kill them all first.

thank u dark bee tumblr

This is the most successful thing ever!

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this is dawson’s burrowing bee! they are one of the largest bees in australia and they burrow into the ground to make nests. males are so aggressive that they will literally fight and kill each other to get a female! and if a particularly aggressive male does not get a female he will murder all of the other males out of rage! (and sometimes the females will be casualties of these brawls – here is a video of a bee brawl where a female get decapitated. these bees are very large and kind of look like half bee half cockroach. but the females’s fuzzy white heads are pretty cute! [photo credit]

and dark bee tumblr comes through for us again… we are so fortunate. thank u dark bee tumblr. thank u

I’m mad that they missed the opportunity to use “les-bee-ans”

This is a tree bumblebee- they’re pretty similar to honeybees in that they have big nests with a polyandrous queen. However, these guys love to be around humans and in gardens, and are super resilient- there are now large populations in Iceland. They have a more complex social hierarchy than most bees, with multiple worker castes. If a worker gets close with the queen she can mate with a drone and lay her own eggs in with the big pile, but eat the eggs of any workers beneath her that try to do so.

This is a valley carpenter bee- the only bee that can thermoregulate and had a circulatory system complete with aortic arch. Carpenter bees are good because they are too big to get into many flowers and have to be extra hairy to get pollen. They live in raw wood in small family units of all females (mothers and daughters or sisters) and are excellent cooks and workers. Males cruise around mating with multiple females and then leave.

These are green sweat bees- they burrow in the ground and live in apartment complexes, where they all use the same entrance but then have their own separate burrows rather than one large room. Some have kids, some don’t, so someone’s always around to keep out invaders. Unlike most bees the males actually do quite a bit of pollinating and go out in groups.

dark bee tumblr has graced us once again with even more forbidden and secret bees we are truly blessed

I’ve been searching through the notes and can’t find any threads that mention the Mason Bee. How is this possible?

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The Mason bee is a solitary bee, meaning that instead of a complex societal structure with a queen and workers, each bee does all the work for itself and every female is fertile. Because they lack an intense drive to “protect the hive” these bees are gentle enough to hold, and will only sting when in immediate danger (like if they get wet or are being squeezed.) 

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Mason bees get their name from the fact that they find holes made by wood-boring insects (or by people, like my parents who drill holes into blocks of wood near their vegetable garden) and then use mud to fill up those holes and lay their eggs inside. Those holes become their base of operations, and are a good indicator of the area they’ll pollinate. 

Speaking of pollination, these precious little cinnamon rolls are far more effective at it than honeybees. See, European honeybees don’t care all that much about pollen and are quite tidy about how they use it, wetting it down and sticking it to their legs with nectar (which is what honeybees really care about.)

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Mason bees, on the other hand, are ALL ABOUT POLLEN and they’re built for collecting the stuff. Their bodies are covered with tiny hairs that easily collect (and drop) pollen. While honeybees daintily sip nectar and carefully move from flower to flower meticulously, Mason bees fly around haphazardly smashing into flowers all over the place, grabbing all the pollen they can carry and not worrying about dropping a bunch. (Which also makes for better cross-pollination between plants.) 

Oh, and you know how European honeybees are, y’know, imported from Europe originally? The Mason bee is a native species to North America, which I just thought was worth mentioning. 

Bottom line, the Mason bee is an awesome little bee that’s very effective at pollinating home gardens and orchards, needs very little support from humans (just drill some holes in blocks of wood and hang them high) AND they’re chill enough for even kids to hold safely. 

Thought they deserved a shout-out. 

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