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Contention

Flowering Holy Basil is a popular feeding place for many insects, and sometimes there is contention. A Beetle has possession, but a Honeybee wants access...sometimes possession wins out over aggression.

Contention

Flowering Holy Basil is a popular feeding place for many insects, and sometimes there is contention. A Beetle has possession, but a Honeybee wants access...sometimes possession wins out over aggression.

comments (18)

That's how it often goes... just gotta defend the territory...
Great shot, Ray!
Ray: Sometimes just being there is a defense, Elizabeth.
It's nine tenths of the law...
Ray: Squatters' Rights.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Mar 2018, 05:43
How these little contretemps happen all the time, even in a garden full of flowers, Ray. Great happening picture
Ray: A bit of a "Grass is Greener" mentality, Lisl.
So even Nature has its bullies??!
Ray: Oh yes!
Je sens qu'il va y avoir de la bagarre.
Ray: Il y a confrontation, mais rarement violence, Martine. À cette occasion Beetle a tenu sa terre et Bee a trouvé une autre fleur.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Mar 2018, 06:40
What a moment to capture, Ray. Wouldn't it be great if that little beetle transformed into a giant and scared 'Darth Vader' off grin...
I know I see too many movies....
Ray: On the occasions, Astrid, Beetle stood its ground, and Bee retreated.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 5 Mar 2018, 07:00
Another moment of drama captured. Flowering Holy Basil must taste like the ambrosia of the gods then..
Ray: Holy Basil certainly tastes delicious, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Mar 2018, 07:18
Oh, I think there is enough place for both of them - a wonderful photo!
Ray: There is enough for both, Philine, but both want this spot!
The beetle seems unconcerned
Ray: The Beetle won out, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Mar 2018, 08:00
Oh dear, hear comes trouble. My money is on the beetle.
Ray: You have won handsomely, Chad.
Impressionnante photo ..la nature est belle et active ..
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Merci, Claudine. La nature est infiniment fascinante pour moi.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Mar 2018, 08:35
Could it end up in fisty cuffs?
Ray: Usually there is posturing, but no damage done, Alan.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Mar 2018, 10:43
Well, if that bee doesn't stop in time, both will loose.
Ray: Bee was already using air-brakes at this time, Louis.
A finely timed shot ray, the little beetle is very nicely coloured.
Ray: These tiny Beetles are rather pretty things, Brian.
I know who I'd put the money on.
Ray: Beetle won the day, Martin...was your money safe?
This must be called the long legged honeybee. Wow.
Ray: Several species of small Native Honeybees have this configuration, Mary.
much to see here, Ray. i am sure the bee found something nearby to satiate requirements.
Ray: Bee ultimately settled on a flower just a few centimetres away from this confrontation, Ayush.
Great shot, Ray
Ray: Thank you, Tom.

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