Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bee

Nov 11, 2008

It's Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans'  Day. I walked into our bee friendly garden hoping to find a honey bee.

One buzzed erratically over the purple sage and rock purslane and disappeared.

The rest are nestled in a hive somewhere, trying to ward off the cold.

Which got me to thinking--where's that fuzzy wuzzy newborn bee photo? Oh, here it is.

See all the yellow hair on the thorax? When this bee grows old, the thorax will be smooth and almost devoid of hair.

This baby bee photo I shot last summer at the Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. Worker bees live only four to six weeks in the busy season, so by now, she's probably gone to the Big Bee Heaven in the Sky.

But isn't this baby bee adorable? You can hold a day-old bee without getting stung. Day-old bees don't have stingers, says UC Davis bee apiculturist Eric Mussen.

Better yet--hold a drone, a male bee. No stinger. Ever.


By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

NEWLY EMERGED--A newborn bee struggles to right herself. Note the swath of yellow hair on her thorax. As she ages, the thorax will be smooth and mostly devoid of hair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newborn Bee