Usually when I post Bug of the Week, I try to add a story to the photographs. This week I think the photographs tell it all.
Honey bees do different jobs as they get older. The young bees take care of the brood, and the older bees go out and forage or gather food.
In the fall, the foraging bees don't look too bad.
Now contrast that to some honey bees out foraging this week.
These honey bees have been in the nest all winter, probably working hard to keep it warm. They are worn out.
Have you ever spotted a honey bee that was worse for wear?
Yesterday I was stalking my sunflower plants for insects to photograph, and all the critters seemed to be just out of range. Of course, it didn't help it was hot outside and I had other things to do.
Take a deep breath.
Patience is rewarded.