Thursday, January 21, 2016

Obssession of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees whizzing past is a common sighting in my garden. They flew by fast and furious, buzzing loudly at the same time. When there is a handful of them buzzing around, the drone can be quite intimidating. Sometimes I have to duck when they buzzed just inches away from my head.



This one flew purposely towards the object of its desire ...


a blushing red Hibiscus rosasinensis bud.

 
Eventually it landed on the coveted Hibiscus bud.


Bud hugging is a favourite past time.


 In the background are the orange clusters of Bauhenia kokiana. 


They bloomed profusely for most times of the year.


It continued doing so for all eternity, flying off for a brief interlude and back again to the same bud. I think they could be suffering from a psychological condition, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

Under the overhead sun, the dark wings glimmered with hues of blue, purple  and tinges of red. The body is absolutely jet black.


Every now and then, it flaps its parchment-thin wings rapidly ...

 
in readiness for take off to God knows where.

A Hibiscus in full bloom.

 
Another bee was sighted on a similar flight pilgrimage to its object of obsession.

It landed on the bud and perched on it possessively.


I always wonder why they do not fancy fully matured blooms such as this but instead chose the buds. There were no signs of pollen or nectar gathering.



A seed pod


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