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Carpenter Bees: Blue Beauty With An Impressive Coat Of Fuzz

We have found yet another dazzling species. We had no idea that bees could even be blue, and then we stumbled upon the blue carpenter and became eager to learn more about it!

"The blue carpenter bee is found throughout Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China, and they're known for being large and heavy bees that live solitary lives, and are generally non-aggressive. While European honey bees (the most common species in Australia) grow to just 17 mm long, blue carpenter bees can reach a whopping 28 mm, which makes them appear eerily hefty." Via Australian Geographic. Wait a sec, not only are these bees beautifully blue, but they are also adorably chonky?! This just gets better and better.

"The blue carpenter bee is all about the females. It's the females who sport that brilliant blue pubescence (yep that's what the fuzz is called), and the females alone wield a stinger." Girl power!! Are we right ladies or are we right?  "The males are stinger-less, and have a more subdued, brown or greenish fuzz. Unlike honey bees, which build complex and intricate hives filled with tens of thousands of workers and a single queen, carpenter bees live alone, burrowing into trees to create a perfect little nest for themselves." Via Australian Geographic.

13 images of blue bees| thumbnail blue bee taking nectar from purple flower
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14 Irresistible Fuzzy Ear Tuft Kitties Will Melt, Revive, And Heal Your Heart

Let's focus on something other than those delicious tea beans -- today, we're talking about ear tufts. Or "furnishings," if you will. It's weird to think about, such a thing on a person would have anyone running for the trimmer, and is mostly related to aging, but on cats? Almost nothing is cuter than some ear fluff. 

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