Sleeps with Flowers

Found this little guy in a pumpkin flower before it closed today.

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squash bee

Definitely a squash bee and not a honey bee. Still not certain about the original bee. Found three sources to confirm that squash bees do make a buzzing noise — each one mentioned a buzzing sound in connection to being inside a blossom.

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14 thoughts on “Sleeps with Flowers

    1. I think they are more protective than deadly. If they routinely killed the bees then they wouldn’t get pollinated. I suspect something else is going on when people find dead bees.

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  1. Fabulous shot! That is just a world of yellow in there. Now I’m wondering – how hot does it get inside a squash blossom? And how hot would it have to get to kill a native bee? Aren’t they adapted to our heat? Questions, so many questions…

    I was thinking I needed to rush out and get some squash growing to support these bees then realized you wrote they also feed on privet. The privet around here (so invasive!) are in full bloom so what is a negative for most of the time is at least bringing favored flowers and a silver lining to the Sleepy Flower Bees.

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    1. I only saw the one site that mentioned the connection. Every other site said they rely absolutely on cucurbits. I kind of wonder about that thinking though. I think a hungry bee will take what it can get. Another thing I am thinking about: what do people in Europe who grow squashes do? Did any squash bees make the trip over the ocean?

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      1. I’ m glad your bees remain unsquashed. For the poor squashed ones isn’ t this what they call ‘ nominative determinism’? Or does that only apply to people?

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  2. The squash bees can die inside the pumpkin flower from a stay over night. The heat of the next day cooks them because the flower, lasting only a day compresses on them, trapping them. Seems wrong considering their name.

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    1. Oh! Thanks for the information. Huh. So a person should try to release them in the afternoon? I assumed they went in to avoid predators but I did wonder how they get out the next day.

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            1. That is valuable info. Squashes are native to hot regions but maybe new ‘improved’ varieties have thicker or tighter blossoms that interfere. Something to think about. I think I see a potential science fair project for next year!

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