Honey bees get a bad rap. Most barefoot and front-porch stings are from those mean and nasty wasps. Honey bees are fuzzy-cuddly folks. They go out of their way to avoid conflicts.
Honey bees are also beautiful, delicate, interesting, and extremely well-engineered. See the long, flexible tongue-like proboscus on one lady, used for collecting nectar and pollen. See the backward-facing toe claw on the front foot, and the opposing front-facing claw on the middle foot? And there appears to be two claws on the real leg. And those EYES! All the better to find stuff with, I guess. If you click on any of these photo's they show in much more detail.
Any how, enjoy the fuzzy little girls. By the way, these models were from two colonies we installed just yesterday. See the next post about that story.
Lee's Bee's at www.Leez.Bz