Say "Beeswax"

One warm fall day I was taking garden pictures while feeding my honeybees sugar water. When I got back  to wipe off excess "bee juice" where my fingers smeared the camera, bees had beat me to it.

My honeybees are a mix of Minnesota Hygienic Italians and Carniolans, bred locally to be disease-resistant, easy to handle and high honey producers. Some have solid black lower bodies; others like these two have a striped lower section and an upper thorax that appears to be fur covered.

I left bees cleaning up the camera. It took them about half an hour to remove every remaining drop of sugar water.