MEET YOUR NEIGHBOUR (Tongue in Cheek)
The beautiful SWEAT BEE or as I prefer to call them: SWEET BEE
I’d wager you’ve seen them around you or others, thought perhaps they were a colourful fly. While reports claim they are “shy” I find my personal Sweet bee to be quite social. In fact she will hover in front of my face while I talk sweet nothings to her, telling her how beautiful she is.
The Sweat Bees are known as Agapostemon, and are native to North and South America. Not as cute a name as Sweet Bee, but you call them whatever you’d like. Loving flowers, such as daisies and dandelions are their favourites. Most species are solitary ground-dwellers. In some species several females will share a common tunnel entrance and post a single guard outside, but inside the burrow, each female builds and maintains her own nest. It is said that when they have their one baby, and if it’s a female it will remain with the momma bee for 3 years. The males, however, fly off to find a partner.
The next time you see one of these magnificent creatures take a moment to gaze at them in amazement. I do. I have had, I believe, (who could really know) the same one for 4 years. She knows me, and where to go to deposit her pollen and so far I haven’t seen any evidence of an off-spring. I shall keep looking however. One of the magics of Mexico.