When I looked through I could tell they weren't honey bees, so there was no danger of being stung, so I went closer and found that it was a large swarm of native bees.
Ten varieties of our native bees are stingless, and I know these are one of those, so I was quite relaxed standing among them taking pictures. Then I spied where they were clearly busy building their new home, a hole in an old timber post. They weren't bothered by me at all, and despite the fact that they are harmless I still felt very privileged to get so close to their home.
They were such busy busy little creatures, and so speedy! There were hundreds of them flying in and out of their new home, which was decorated on the outside with some dropped pollen. I was so glad that I happened to be grazing the sheep in an old yard nearby that morning, as I'm not usually in that area at that time of day. If I hadn't been I wouldn't have been able to enjoy watching these fascinating little bees go about their work.
I hope they find plenty of flowers and pollen to eat and stay in their new home, I'm quite excited at the prospect of having such a large hive of native bees living so close to our veggie patch, and they're a good distance from our little fruit trees too.
I wonder what you think of bees, stingless or otherwise? Have you seen any interesting busy bugs lately?
Hope your world is good right now xx
PS I have finished my Pompom Hat! I am very, very happy with it and can't wait to share it here with you. It doesn't photograph well flat, so I'm waiting for a cool rainy day to get a picture of it, it's simply been too warm lately to wear a beanie even for ten minutes to take a photograph :-)