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I was just outside my work building looking around the grounds which are quite large and have quite a few nice tree and plant specimens. I was taking some photos to post later in the plant i.d section so i can learn some stuff when i saw an old plastic drink cup sitting on the grass near the woods area.
I dont like trash laying around so i peered into it before i picked it up to see if any critters had been using it but didnt see anything although the cup was creased in a the bottom and i thought i saw some dirt or something dark behind the crease.
I pick up the cup and i hear "bzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ" and some tapping on the cup which surprised me so i dropped it on the grass and a big bee comes flying out and off up in the air. I guess that was what the dark thing was...
seconds later i go to grab the cup to trash it and i hear it again....."bzzzzzZZZZZZ" and whack the bee hits me in the back of the head, luckily i had a cap on so it just bounced off as i ran away lol...
my lesson learnt is to leave the area for a lil while if you think you might have disturbed a bee as it seems they dont like surprise encounters much either and may need time to cool down.
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I guess it didn't take too kindly to being homeless :)
I'm glad it didn't pop you where it would hurt.They can really smart pretty bad.:)
Last summer a bumble bee made a nest under our barbeque. They entered their nest between the barbeque and the house. Every time we sat out by the barbeque we got to watch the bees helicoptering in to their nest. Truly fasinating critters. Guess they never use the same nest the next year and have to look for another hole to live in.
yeah im not sure if he was taking a nap or what in that cup.......but i will definitely give a surprised bee more room on the next similar encounter..