Honey bee kneading elder bark
Yesterday was unusually warm, dry, and sunny for mid-October. My bees were darting about in the sunshine, but for some reason, they were particularly attracted to this elderberry bush. The bee in the photo was pressing her two rear legs into the bark, one side and then the other, much like a cat kneads with its fore paws. I’ve never seen that behavior before and found several bees all doing the same thing.