To the unfamiliar, hummingbees are not easily distinguished from hummingbirds, their close relatives. The big giveaways are their bright plumage in bright violet and deep black, and their longer, thinner beaks, which get longer and sharper as they grow older.
Hummingbees live in colonies of a few dozen, building large nests out of thin sticks and mud in the crooks of trees. All their eggs and young are raised collectively. The birds are thus willing to sacrifice themselves in the defense of their nest, knowing that their young will still be cared for. They attack intruders one at a time, oldest bird to youngest. They attack by darting quickly and powerfully at the enemy, piercing soft tissue with their needle-like beaks, aiming most often for the eyes. The wounds inflicted are small but deep and can often kill through blood loss or infection. Most animals have learned to avoid hummingbee nests.
Where it comes from: They are born from small blue eggs and raised by all the adults of the colony.
What it wants and needs: Hummingbees eat both for themselves and for the young in their nests. They eat massive amounts of nectar, supplemented by small insects.
What it will fight for: Hummingbees will always fight in defense of their nests.
What happens if you eat it: Delicious!
What can be crafted out it: Their beaks can be used as needles, awls, or shanks.
HummingBobs: 10 hummingbees, 1 skewer, 1 cup honey, grill until tender and serve on the skewer. A favorite with children.ReplyDelete