Sunday, September 27, 2009
Imagine laying down on your couch enjoying a nice Christmas movie at home for a relaxing weekend, and you hear this annoying buzzing noise. The buzzing noise; however, is a very familiar one...one that people tend to run away screaming from. This yellow and black stripped flying assassin, which I am going to call it because they always seem to have a target, landed right on my blanket.
Another name, of course, is the Bee. They are a monophyletic lineage within the super-family, Apoidea, and also classified by the taxon name Anthophilia. The only place that bee's are not found are in Antarctica, for obvious reasons one should be able to figure out.
Bees are known for their pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Bees have a long proboscis (a complex "tongue") that allows them to reach the nectar from flowers. Bees are very important in the pollination for flowers, without them we probably wouldn't have them. They are also a specialized form of a wasp.
This time of season bees are out in full force trying to find warmer places to stay...and those warmer places just happen to be inside my house. Hopefully they don't sneak up on anyone else while they are trying to enjoy a Christmas movie in September.