Yesterday, while going through one of my corn patches, I saw this honeybee which appeared to be struggling against something on the flower buds of a milkweed plant. My first thought was that she was fighting with some insect or spider. But looking closely I couldn’t see any predatory insect or spider.
Sometimes bees and other insects will get a leg stuck in the opened flowers of milkweeds. The stiff flowers of milkweeds have grooves in between the petals and it is not difficult for a leg to be trapped in one. If the insect cannot get loose or even sacrifice a leg it will eventually die. What was holding this bee and why she seemed to be struggling in such a way like she was stuck is not clear. The bee struggled for about two minutes and then got loose unharmed from what I could see and flew off. A happy ending for the bee.