Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Waterproof Bumblebee

Is this evolution in action? This common carder bumblebee was flying and collecting nectar even while being hit by drops of rain which probably weighed as much as the bee. There wasn't a single bee, or any other insect, on any nearby flowers.

The evolutionary advantage to this individual is obvious so, very soon, the flowers of Scotland won't have to worry about being pollinated in the sort of wet weather we've seen this summer.


  1. Adaptability, THE key characteristic for survival, as Darwin famously noted.
    God knows, we could go with that this summer!

  2. Such a fat bumblebee.
    Lovely macro shot.