Back in January, I had gone on a little hike with some friends to the Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, just south of Bangalore. On top of the hill is a stretch of exposed rock, which forms a bright cliff face, in start contrast to the green hill below, thus giving the hill its name.
On the top near a little tank of water, a roaring mass of bees were buzzing around. At first everyone was wary, but the majority of the bees just seemed to be sitting or moving on the wet rock, completely ignoring our presence. So I decided to wing it, and went in and sat down in the middle of them, on a dry patch of rock.
And so I was able to get this picture. It turned out that all the bees were drinking water! I was not aware that rehydration is a communal process amongst bees. You can see the proboscis jutting out and sucking water in. In case you’ve forgotten, remember – bees sting from the other end, there’s no reason to fear this one.
If I’m not mistaken, these were Giant Honey Bees, the Apis dorsata dorsata.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.5 at 1/500 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Taken in January 2011 at Rangaswamy Betta near Harohalli, on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.