OK, I will admit to being as fearful of buzzing insects as most folks and bee petting is NOT something I would normally (or not)attempt. A Do Not Disturb post this week explained that bumblebees really DO sleep on flowers. I also mentioned that a neighbor often “pets” ones sleeping on the flowers in his yard.
Naturally, the reaction from folks reading that post was a resounding – NOT ME. Several folks said they were allergic to bee stings. That’s a great reason not to get too close. And one that works for me even if I’m not allergic.
But, being curious and often foolhardy (just ask Grenville), I decided to give bee petting a (one-time) try tonight. I can assure you that I “petted” several bees. The flowers look the same because we have an abundance of cornflowers and cosmos in the wildflower gardens.
Thankfully, none attacked. It amazed me how lethargic most appeared, although a couple did raise a “back off” leg – and I certainly did just that.
I read many online accounts from people who said they smiled at the bees or talked calmly to them while thinking good thoughts about them. I did neither. While I have nothing against bees, this experiment was not about making “friends.”
FYI - there are lots of YouTube videos and internet postings about bee petting. It seems lots of folks do this on a regular basis.
So, would I try this stunt with other insects, like a Wasp?
In a word – NEVER!
Wasps are my nemesis. I absolutely believe that they can sense my fear, then head right in my direction. These were in the asparagus patch I was weeding last week and we steered clear of one another. Otherwise, I know just what to do – call for Grenville to kill them.