Australian native Nomia bees, settling down to sleep for the night on a flower stem of Gaura plant. These bees are all males, they congregate like this at the end of the day, to sleep in a group. They like thin blades of grass or similar strands and cluster like this on the end of the blade of grass, probably for protection against predators.
The females live in solitary nests or in groups of nests, while the males sleep in the open.

The picture was taken in my garden where I observe them settling down each evening at sundown. If they like a roosting site they will come back each afternoon for several weeks.
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©UdoSm said:

A fantastic photo and a very interesting explanation.
Thank you for that...
4 years ago

Imogen replied to ©UdoSm:

Thank you Udo for your kind words and viewing the picture.
4 years ago

Thérèse said:

Extraordinaire prise, parfaite en plus, bravo
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tiabunna said:

An interesting macro and explanation.
4 years ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

A stunning image and a fascinating insight into the bees beahaviour! Great work!
4 years ago

Nora Caracci said:

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ROL/Photo said:

Ohhh une prise superbe jamais évident de prendre
aussi nette l'ensemble des abeilles
merci beaucoup d'avoir posté cette photo dans mon groupe
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Jocelyne Villoing said:

En voilà un joli monde bien installé !*********
Bon Jeudi Imogen, merci de vos passages sur ma galerie.
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Danielle said:

Fantastique capture*************
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