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A slow drink of cool water

Recently, this young worker took advantage of the noonday sun to warm herself on the branches of an Alaska cedar. She sipped the dew for three or four minutes before returning to the safety of the hive, which is just below her. The thick hair covering her back is the sign of a very young bee. She probably hatched within the last two weeks.

Sipping in the sun. Photo by the author.

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