Where do bumblebees sleep?

Judging by our front yard, bumblebees sleep in hollyhocks.


They rest in or cling to the blooms, sometimes upside-down.

bumblebees in two hollyhock flowers

This sleeping bumblebee must have been too tired to leave after gathering so much pollen.

a bumblebee covered in hollyhock pollen

I gently petted this bee, and he kicked his legs out but didn’t fly away. It made me think of a protesting teenager: “Five more minutes, Mom!”

a sleepy bee kicking its legs

Looking bedraggled after spending a night in the rain.

a wet bumblebee resting on a hollyhock flower

Do not disturb.

a bee sleeping in a pink hollyhock flower


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