strange flowers

Bees can remember human faces, but only if they are tricked into thinking that we are strange flowers.
From findings related to bees in Harper's, April 2010.

See also: 'I don't think I'll ever forget all of the things I know about bees.'

Photo: Thomas D. Mcavoy for LIFE: Beekeeper, Gerrit Norsselman wearing a heavy cotton cloth hood with a pipe pertruding through the facial screen using the smoke to help keep the bees at a safe distance. Netherlands, July 1956.