Coming back down the garden path I saw this …
A Thyreus; an Old World bee. I’ve posted pics before and mentioned they are not the easiest to photograph, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this one on a pelargonium stem quite motionless.
So still, in fact I thought it was dead.
But this seemed an odd place to die, even for an insect like a bee, and I immediately thought … Crab Spider.
On closer inspection – no spider. The bee was just perched atop this stem, not moving.
I discovered a bit later after some Googling that these bees rest like this, gripping their ‘perch” with their mouth parts.
I took the opportunity to take a few photos,
And then, I noticed a flicker of movement from its back legs. I thought: it’s sleeping and it just sensed me and was about to fly.
It still did not move. Thinking it might be stuck ( not realising at this stage it was merely resting) I gently touched the underneath of its thorax with an index finger. The bee wiggled its back legs even more and then it flew off.