The everyday of our family farm
Or it could be a drowning bee.
No, not a drowning bee. They are more than capable of propelling to the edge and getting out. Though admittedly this is a water dish so not too big.... a swimming pool might be a different matter.
I lean towards Andrew's assessment - but would be happy to be wrong.
Fascinating! A bee who looks like an otter floating in its back. I assume from your post and comment response that the bees have their own bee bath and don't have to share the bird bath.Alphie
There is the occasional bee drinking from the bird bath but they seem to prefer smaller sources of water, hence why we had some dishes scattered around on those really hot days.
The wasps (or whatever close relatives they are) will swim in our bird baths while drinking when it is warm and dry. Never saw a bee in there though. Great picture!
The fact that bees' wings don't flap like a bird's wings but rotate probably helps them.
Great photo! Or it’s drowning.
I have seen them swimming in the bird bath and I think they find being on their back it is easier to get out as their feet touch the sides. Cheers Diane
It's floating on it's back
Hope he makes it.
It certainly did Ruth.
Yes I knew, have seen them doing it in the pond.Lovely shot.
Fantastic capture. I just had to google the answer to whether or not they swim on their back. And yes they do. In doing so, I found some amazing facts about their water areobics. Thanks Lynda.
I never knew that piece of info.