Have you ever heard of bees sleeping in flowers? Probably not, but wildlife photographer Joe Neely recently captured stunning photos of this phenomenon. Neely and his fiancée Niccole stumbled upon a patch of flowers off the side of the highway and noticed some motionless bees within them.
As more bees arrived, all of the vacant flowers became occupied, except for one. This lonely bee crawled over to an open flower and joined another bee inside. Neely captured a series of beautiful photos with his Nikon camera and macro lens showing two bees snuggling up to sleep inside the flower.
It turns out that these particular bees, known as globe mallow bees (diadasia diminuta), have a habit of sleeping inside globe mallow flowers. Neely’s photos provide a rare glimpse into the sleeping habits of these little creatures.
The photos are a testament to the incredible wonders of nature and the importance of paying attention to the small things around us. Who knew that bees could be so cute and cuddly? The next time you see a flower, take a closer look—you never know what hidden treasures you might find!