There has been a recent spate of people taking selfies with wild animals, sometimes resulting in serious injury, including the guy who was bitten by a rattlesnake, and ended up with a huge hospital bill*. Over at the Nothing in Biology Makes Sense blog they had a recent post about this phenomenon, on which I commented that perhaps I should start a new meme, involving selfies with bees (or pollinators more broadly, if you’re allergic to bee stings).
So here it is, me plus Bombus hypnorum, nectaring on Verbena bonariensis, in the garden this afternoon. Look forward to seeing similar images (unless this turns out to be an n=1 meme…)
*This wouldn’t happen in the UK. We don’t have rattlesnakes. And we have the NHS.