What happens to a bee that gets caught in the rain...
Well, if you are a bee that has been working out, maybe carrying a few extra loads of pollen back to the hive, you might decide ride out the storm by hanging out under one of nature's umbrella. Or if you are in dire straits you may just be hanging on for dear life!
A leaf may provides a decent amount of shelter but requires some muscle and expertise to not get knocked off by a falling raindrop. If a raindrop where to hit a bee it would be the equivalent of a bathtub full of water hitting you or I. As you can imagine this would not end well for a bee.
Hopefully this guy isn't afraid of heights! He is pretty high up on this cone flower leaf and moisture on bees wings definitely disturbs the aerodynamics of flight.
Once the rain stops, it requires the drying off of the legs, slowly one at a time and then some herculean strength to pull oneself up dripping wet.
A little rest and drying the wings is required before take off
and then back to the business of pollen collecting with his friends.
Strangely enough, bees seem to know if it is going to just be a brief shower or down pour. One time while I was out photographing the bees it started to sprinkle. The bees went about their business not at all bothered by the rain. However, later that day when darker clouds rolled in and it started to drizzle they all took off. I can't help but wonder if it has something to do with the amount of available light since they use sun to help with their navigation.
Better be safe than sorry. You wouldn't want to end up like this again.
Because here comes another monsoon...