These are Malaysian Blue Carpenter Bees!!!!! Aren’t they gorgeous! Such a pretty color! I had no idea there were blue bees!

Now all i want is to make friends with a blue bee.

Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Amazing!! I’m absolutely terrified of them, but this is amazing!

Don’t be. They just want to live. They won’t hurt you unless they perceive you as a threat, because to sting is to die. Just be kind and hold very still.

I do try my best to stay calm, but after a bad experience that I had with one when I was little, I’ve been terrified of them since then. I automatically go into fight-or-flight mode whenever I see one. I’m really trying to get better with it, but it doesn’t look like I can shake the fear anytime soon.

Fear is fine, but if you flail, it might sting you, much more likely to. So do your best to be still and brave. Remember, you can only ever be brave, if you’re afraid.

Yeah, that’s the thing I’m trying to fix. The flailing and freaking out. I mean, I’ve made progress over the years, but nowadays I immediately just tense up and walk as far away as possible from it. But that’s really good advice. I’ll try to keep that in mind the next time I see one. Thank you 🙂

Just try and think like the bee. It wants a lovely flower, it wants water. It wants to be useful to the hive. It wants to be safe. It does not want to die.

Yeah, I understand. My parents would always tell me that the bee isn’t thinking about me. And I try hard to believe that, that it’s just going about it’s little bee business, not caring about anything else besides staying alive. But that encounter I had with one forced me to believe otherwise, since one chased me relentlessly around the school playground. I wasn’t near any bees at the time, until a group of kids that were running by told me a bee was chasing them. Then I turned around and it was near me. I ran every which way, trying to lose it, but it wouldn’t leave me alone for whatever reason. After we went inside, there was an announcement that warned the teachers that a bee had been spotted within the school, and that they should look out for it. Ever since then, I had thought that bees were just really unpredictable, and that literally just standing there doing nothing like I was at the time could provoke them in some way. I’ve been terrified since.

I’m trying to change the mentality, but it’s extremely difficult. Which is sad, because I have a high amount of respect for bees. They’re very intelligent, and up close they’re actually kinda cute (like in this picture here). But the fact that they can fly really fast and chase you, especially since they have stingers (which ties into a fear of needles which I have), it’s hard for me not to be afraid. I know bees just wanna be bees, and do their thing, but when I’m in that near-panic state it’s hard for me to think logically.

That bee thought you were sweet like a flower! Doesn’t that please you?

It likely wasn’t an Africanized bee, because those clump. It just loved whatever you were wearing or what you smelled like. Something about you attracted it.

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