While out searching for poppy flowers in the Arizona desert, a wildlife photographer and his fiancé stumbled upon the cutest surprise. They found two bees snuggled up together inside a flower!
Then on their drive home, they stopped to take a few more photographs of another plant called orange Globe Mallowthat was hidden inside a patch of larger pink flowers.
“Nicole was shooting this orange Globe Mallow plant … and she heard the bees buzzing about,” photographer Joe Neely told Bored Panda.
“Then she noticed that some of the flowers had bees in them, but they were not moving.”
The couple couldn’t help but study the phenomena for a while and watched as more bees arrived on the scene, entering the flowers one by one.
“Soon, all the vacant flowers were occupied, and this one bee was left out. She crawled over to this open flower and got inside with the other one. I was watching as she stumbled around almost drunk-like and then got settled in.”
Neely later discovered that the bees are named after the flowers they sleep in, eat from, and help create through pollination – Globe Mallow bees!
“I never knew that bees slept in flowers but as it turns out this type of bees sleeps in orange flowers called Globe Mallows,” he said.