Tuesday 19 July 2011

Mating buff-tailed bumblebees

Next to a busy road, by the base of a tree, surrounded by concrete and oblivious to the noisy traffic, this pair of White-tailed bumblebees were mating this morning. The queen lying motionless, a bit sideways, the male tickling her rhythmically with his legs. I have been taking some videos with my camera lately to record some unusual, or more common bug behaviour. I hope this works as it is the first time I upload a video to BugBlog.
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I wrote the piece above almost 5 months ago, on the 19th of July, when I saw the bumblebees mating. I tried, and miserably failed to upload a video to YouTube. Here it is, finally posted. Thank you Crystal Ernst! More to come.

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