Pretty creepy pictures, huh? Did I take them? Yes I did, this afternoon, and I believe my camera lens could have been actually touching this creature. Did I risk life and limb? Well, that would make a good story, but actually I did not. In fact, I suspected this was a Carpenter Bee, and I was right. I didn't learn about Carpenter Bees till this spring, and my knowledge sure came in handy today. It can BEE hard to tell the difference between this bee and a bumblebee, but I found this comparison picture on the web to show you the difference. They are extremly docile and will amost never sting, even if you touch them. If they want to scare you away, they may just bump up against you. They are also very curious. If you throw a small pebble past one, he will try to fly after it and chase it. Another thing I like about them is that they are clumsy, just like me! They frequently crash into the sides of walls, trees, and plants. They are also called Wood Bees, because they bore a perfectly round hole in wood and lay their eggs and live there. They like to live in house walls and barn walls. One of the main ways people get rid of them is to caulk up their holes. I don't like to think of these clumsy, gentle giants inside the wall smothering. They may be ugly looking, but their clumsiness and gentleness is rather endearing to me. In fact, these bees seem to have some of the same qualities that make us endearing to God.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:4,5