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    Green Gold Bee 2

    An other chapter in the life of the Green Gold Bee, from the edge of the world into deep nature.

    It all happens on the edge of a huge coastal mangrove forest, where a tidal creek separates it from the mainland and man’s mind made stuff.

    The nest entrance is a comfortable size, and they always go in head first, but then they always come out head first. So, it seems, they have room in there to turn around.

    At first I thought they could only be laying their eggs for hatching in the spring, until I saw the one that spent some time cleaning hardened clay from its back. It looks like a youngster to me.

    You can see how it uses the hooked feet to scrape at the dirt. It suggests to me either a cave-in or it has just emerged from incubation. It looks smaller too, less full bodied than the others.

    And then there was the one dead bee I found. It looks to have a torn wing suggesting struggle of some kind. Maybe the crab kind.

    Just below the nest site are the homes of small crabs that peep out and occasionally risk a journey across the dark mud.

    They are shy creatures, not comfortable being photographed, but they can be tricked into it.

    Things to do, lives to live … the comings and goings, remind me of … ways to be.

    A typical nest entrance, fresh diggings on the downward approach – gravity works.


    I saw quite a few of these bees and not one entered the nest backwards, as other bees are seen to do, to lay an egg.


    And as far as I could see they always exited head first too, suggesting an excavation allowing them to turn-around.


    A youngster maybe, just emerged from underground obviously. Or where did the clay on its back and wing come from.

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    Re: Green Gold Bee 2

    Compared to the one above this bee looks mature, strong and healthy. Perhaps that’s an egg filled abdomen, big as it is.


    Everything dies … and I only saw the one such. No sign of spiders but this nest site would have its predators. Crabs maybe.


    Foraging in the daylight can be hazardous for a crab but they know when to run and hide.

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    Re: Green Gold Bee 2

    Beautiful photos Mark. They tell the story perfectly!

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    Re: Green Gold Bee 2

    Superb images!

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    Re: Green Gold Bee 2

    Thanks for comments all, appreciated.

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