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Drunk Bumblebee Haikus and Bee Macro Photography

Updated on December 24, 2016

I feel so blessed to get these Bumblebee photos!

Bee Macro Photography
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Haiku | Bee Macro Photography

When I saw this very big and beautiful Bumblebee on the Autumn Joy Sedum, I stopped to practice insect macro photography. She did not even bat an eyelash and went on her day. I decided to watch her for a moment or two and I am glad I did, and I even wrote a bumble-ing Bumblebee haiku.

I start smiling each time I look at these photos. I think you will smile too.

At times, I notice that many insects, including bees seem to become a bit sedated as they feast on the sweet nectar. The plants have a distinctive pungent fragrance that may add to the effect. It is fascinating to watch different species of insects flocking to the plants as soon as they first start blooming.

At first the insects are busy moving about the pink flowers, but the longer they drink nectar, the slower they move and sometimes even get a bit dazed as they will stay in one spot for an extended period of time. Maybe they take a nap. I have checked for signs of life a few times.


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A Temulent Bumblebee Story

She apparently had been on the Sedum for a while and may have gotten a little tipsy. I watched as she tumbled onto her side.

I could imagine how embarrassed she must have been. So, as she used her front leg to right herself, I just pretended she was being friendly and waving at me.

Drunk Bee Waving

Large Bumblebee on Autumn Joy flowers.
Large Bumblebee on Autumn Joy flowers. | Source

Untitled Haiku


Bumblebee binges ~

a sweet nectar joyful wave:

Buzzed bumbling bee.


The Wave Of A Bumble Bee

Drunken Bumblebee
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Intoxicated Bee

It was all I could do to resist trying to help this little lady in her distress. I decided to stay until she righted herself and I kept on waving back and smiling.

It is hard not to smile when looking at the armpit of a Bumblebee, its the cutest!

Humblebee


Humble bumblebee

Inebriated tumble

Recovered fumble


Bumbleing Bombus

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Here you can see that the Bumblebee had good momentum going for her and sure enough she was on the way to success. I was holding my breath with a hopeful heart.

Bombus


Temulent bombus ~

precarious position.

All’s well that ends well!


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Macro Photography of The End

Behind of a bee.
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Nature Photo Shoot

Here she is back on all her feet and she walked away with all the dignity she could muster as though nothing had happened.

I am pretty sure I heard a sigh of relief.

Note: She did not fill up her pollen baskets. This was a free time party!

Bumblebee Video

Yellow Jacket Pestering The Bee

Large Bumble Bee and Yellow Jacket on pink flowers.
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Vestard Shimkus - Flight of the Drunk Bumble-Bee

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"A great collection of humorous poems for children (and grown ups too). With funny observations about life from having to eat vegetables to going on holiday and introducing characters such as Billy the Bullfrog and Carlton the Crocodile, there is something for all in this book. From bed time reading to school recitals, you’ll find amusement for all occasions in these funny poems."

 

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      Susie Lehto 11 months ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, thank you for coming by, its always a pleasure to see your comments, and a blessing from an angel in skin! - Merry Christmas!

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      Patricia Scott 12 months ago from sunny Florida

      Amazing photos....love love bumblebees even though had many encounters of the stinging kind as a child and am very allergic even today.....you captured their essence so well in your writings as well. Kudos.

      Angels are once again on the way to you. ps

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      Susie Lehto 15 months ago from Minnesota

      C. E. Clark, I am enjoying the bees already as we move closer toward fall. The Autumn Joy is blooming! Good to see you again, and thank you for visiting. - Kudos!

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Think this is one of my favorite haikus. There's just something about a drunken bubble bee . . . Sharing. :)

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      Susie Lehto 15 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, good afternoon. I hope you are enjoying the summer there in Texas or wherever you may be. Thank you for the nice compliment on the photos. - Kudos!

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      Susie Lehto 16 months ago from Minnesota

      I love watching the bees on Autumn Joy in the fall of the year, they are busy as bees drinking sweet nectar. Thanks for stopping by, Au fait.

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      Peggy Woods 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      I loved all of your photos (also your poems) but I think my favorite of your photos is the last one where the yellow jacket and bumble bee are in the same shot on that gorgeous pink flower. Wow! Amazing!

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Who knew bumble bees could be so fun to watch? You have great photos!

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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      RTalloni, nice to see you comment. Thanks for visiting. It will be nice once spring weather gets here to stay. Snow has been melting.

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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy thank you very much for sharing this hub. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! - Kudos!

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      RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff for this winter day–or any day! Really nice photos.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      You are an amazing photographer Susie. Happy to share this wonderful hub of yours another time. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Susie Lehto 22 months ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Au fait. I like that "intoxicating" comment of yours. I keep intending to write another haiku. You know how it goes!

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      Susie Lehto 22 months ago from Minnesota

      It is fun to watch the bees get drunk. I get a kick out of some of the birds around here in the fall of the year that eat the fermented berries. They are hilarious. Thanks, Sandy. Kudos!

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      I love it! An intoxicated bumble bee! Great work!!

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      Susie Lehto 22 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, thank you very much for the visit and lovely comment. I hope 2016 is one of your best years ever!

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      Sandy Mertens 22 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Really enjoyed the story, photos and the videos of the bumblebee. Funny that even insects can get drunk.

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed looking at your macro bumble bee photos a second time. They are amazing! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and peace and much happiness in the year to come.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Aw, thank you Audrey. I like watching the bees get drunk.

      Kudos!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Drunken bees are a favorite of mine! Loved this!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Two weeks later now...I thank you for coming by Suzanne. Bombus is a fun sounding word that makes me smile when I say it. - Kudos!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Cute haikus! I particularly like your use of the word "bombus" - I think it is a word that describes a fat bumblebee perfectly!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Shyron, you are so thoughtful and kind.

      Thanks for the share. - Kudos!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Susie, I came back to look at the beautiful pictures.

      and share this again.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you very much.

      Kudos!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Susie, this is beautiful. The photos are really good. I love watching those bees as well.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Macro photography has opened up the way I see nature and its creatures.

      Thanks for visiting, poetryman.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, I am glad to read that the photos are a feast for your eyes. Thank you for the compliment on the haiku as well m'dear. And, thank you for your strong encouragement.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Love the macro photography. A beautiful way to see the world.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Shyron, thank you for the nice compliment on the photography.

      Blessings to you dear one.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Your photos are a feast for my eyes this morning....

      Your haiku shares nicely our little bee friend

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      voted up+++ shared and pinned

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Susie! your photography is beautiful, I enjoyed this very much.

      Voted up, across the board and shared.

      Blessings and Hus

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I usually have pocket sized camera on me when I am outside. I have missed too many great shots because I didn't have a camera handy.

      Thank you for the compliment.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      Nice images. Nature is worth watching, and i is a must to have a camera nearby.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Sheila, you are a very talented photographer, and I enjoy seeing your photos. Thank you for coming by to see the Bumblebee. Hugs!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Love your hub! Your photos are wonderful and I enjoyed your haikus too! I love taking macro photography of insects and bugs too. Flowers are also one of my favorite subjects.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Chris, when the bees are busy drinking nectar from these pretty pink flowers in the fall, they are about doing just that.

      Thank you!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I enjoyed how it all came together and the photos were really great. I felt like it turned the bumblebee from something people fear to something we should be enamored by.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the nice compliment on the photos. Bumblebees can sting and will if threatened, but they are not aggressive. They won't just come after people for no reason like hornets and wasps.

      Good to see you!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Those are beautiful photos. You have done it beautifully. I am scared of bumblebee and I have seen plenty of them in my garden in my home country. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Marlene, bees are nice and we need them as pollinators. Its the wasps and hornets that can be aggressive, but even they get drunk on some nectars. I like watching them all. - Thank you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the words of encouragement on that photo, amazmerizing. You are right, I need to get after that project.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      These photos are amazing. I use to be afraid of bees. Then I moved to the country and started growing flowers, fruits, and veggies. One day, I saw a bee perched up on one of my lavender plants. I snapped photo after photo... up close. I know now, after reading your hub, the bee was probably drunk on nectar and didn't even notice me.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Peggy W, I am pleased that you love this set of photos. I feel very lucky that I was able to get them. - Thank you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Fay. I appreciate the compliment on the photos.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway. Hope you have a great weekend.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      So gorgeous!!! Pics are perfect... and I think you need to keep that waving one and mass produce it for allposters and like on that pillow and such... mmm postcards and stamps and scrapbooking oh yeah its a moneymaker for sure!!! I know im a shutterbug too! ;)

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Beautiful camera work. I see you are putting it to good use. The close up shots are great.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very cool, both the poem and the photos. Loved the pillow.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, Writer Fox, thank you for the suggestion. I just might see about selling some of my photos. - Thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your macro photography shots of that bumblebee are amazing Susie! They really look quite different when seen in such detail like that. I enjoyed your poem but most of all loved those photos! Up votes and sharing, tweeted, pinned and G+.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Great photos, Susie. You should offer some of your shots for sale on some of the stock photo sites! Voted up.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you so much for your support, Laurel.

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Sunshine, I'm glad you stopped by. I read your haiku, and that must have been a fun brain teaser to write. - Thank you!

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved your bumblebee photos, commentary and haiku!! Well done.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just buzzing by to say I loved the photos and haiku! :)

      I enjoy writing haikus, I think they are a great brain exercise!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, it is fun to watch the insect get drunk. We have some Ruffed Grouse that live on the property year around and they get buzzed on fermented berries too. I would love to watch your Robins with you.

      Thank you for up vote today!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful photos! Very clever the way you worded your Hub, and I love your poem. When Robins come to our area in the Spring, they will eat the berries from the Pepper trees until they become drunk and cannot fly!

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      You just got me with that comment, Cris. It was a nice feeling to work on this fall season hub in the midst of winter. Come Spring!

      Keep warm, and thank you!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Beautiful! I wish I could pull the days for Spring to sprung...just not a winter person.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Lorelei, getting a Canon PowerShot opened up the world to me with a macro photo option. Its amazing to see little creatures close up.

      Thank you for visiting.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      So cute. Your close up photos are so beautiful. A new camera is on my wish list so I can also get up close and personal with the small creatures on our planet. Very much enjoyed my visit.