Which Bee would it be, it so bee-wildered me,
was it a bare Carpenter, or a hairy Bumblebee?

The darting and diving, bee-trayed the family,
up close I saw bee-tter, bee-spoke the anatomy.

Bee-lated I remem-bee-red, 48 species of thee,
only in Himalayas, Bumblebees buzzed with glee.

Bee-tween 16 black species, markings I had to see,
bee-hold it defined, the Carpenter bee-fore me.

Gender was no sweat, as I found out accidentally,
Only females have stingers, painful un-bee-arably!

[Framed: A female Tropical Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes) levitates over one of the cucurbit flowers (Luffa sp.) in a sea of yellow amidst the seasonal bloom at Aarey Forest, Mumbai]

– Narendra Nayak Β© 2021

20 thoughts on “Bee-mused!

    1. Absolutely, Ma’am; bees are such delightful insects to study – you could spend a lifetime observing them and yet feel awed each time! Mason bees, leafcutter bees, mining bees, furrow bees, nomad bees, plasterer bees… the list just goes on.
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments. πŸ™‚

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  1. Loved your Bee-lightful poem about bees. We had carpenter bees in Los Angeles. They actually created very neat round holes in our wood deck. They were gentle and followed me around in my garden. They looked bigger to me than yours do. Loved this post. Bee-lichous. Cheers, Muriel

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