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Bumble bee defecation

I came across this on Wikimedia while I was researching something else. The photographer describes it as:

“Slowed down footage of a bee squirting a clear liquid from its anus, taken at the Auckland Botanical Gardens. Originally the event happened fast enough, 4 frames at 30 fps, that it was only viewable upon being slowed down. Since my camera scans from top to bottom, and the bee was positioned in the lower portion of the video, I believe this event actually took more like a tenth of a second instead of an approximately an eighth.”

The original by Athen Ananda is available to view on Wikimedia.[CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons].

I hope you find it . . . let’s say . . . entertaining.

Bumble bee defecating.




This is so funny the way you have it set up so the bee does it over and over and over again. It made me smile.



Tricia Lockhart

Another little gem from Honey Bee Suite.


He he!


Look carefully at the bee and the flower. For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.


I found a bumble bee flying around my basement. My son and I tried to catch it so we could let it go outside. It squirted us with a clear liquid. The liquid landed on our hands and arm. I was very confused by this. I never heard of this before. Then I found your website. It look just like this. We washed our hands and arms. I guess the bee went to the bathroom on us.


So funny.