This year the leaf-cutter bees are working with the fury of warriors at war. Not stopping or pausing as in previous years when they chose to rest either on the side of the insect house or bask in the sun on a nearby fence. They are working from early dawn until dusk focused and single minded on completing their mission.
They wanted no interruptions – and they made this perfectly clear – for the first time ever one of them decided that I was not a welcome observer and buzzed up to my face and continued doing so until I had left the lawn area completely. There was no threat of a sting but rather a pushing mode as it circled and buzzed straight at my face over-and-over-and-over again. I have never witnessed this type of aggression from these bees before. There is an urgency about them that is new and different from previous behaviour patterns.
They appear to be currently plugging two holes every day. This is very speedy working … I wonder whether there is going to be a change in the weather which is making them act more dedicated than ever.