Oh, my. This large photo shows one of the first photos of the nest of a rare solitary bee. It's made of flower petals!
Dr. Jerry Rozen, a real official bee expert with the American Museum of Natural History, along with a bunch of other bee watchers, found this petal nest in Turkey while another group of bee watchers found the same nest in Iran. On the same day! What are the chances of that happening?
But, that's not the only interesting thing. Last summer I attended a workshop on basketry with Jutta Frankie, wonderful wife of Dr. Gordon Frankie, another official bee expert from California. To the right is a photo of the beautiful basket she made that day–months before the photo of the solitary bee petal nest found by Dr. Rozen was published. It bears an uncanny similarity to the actual solitary bee nest, doesn't it?
Is there some amazing solitary bee channeling going on here? Does Jutta Frankie know more than she's letting on about solitary bee nests?
Perhaps we should get some official bee experts to attend the next Basketry workshop?
Or perhaps, I'm just spending too much time in the Texas heat at the Bee Garden.
Originally published on 5/14/10