Baublebees are occasionally spotted in the warmer months as they wander from flower to flower, but they're often associated with the winter holidays as they retreat inside to avoid the cold. They are polite guests whose presence goes unnoticed for the first few weeks, but around the solstice, they might start to come out and spend a bit of time pollinating a person's houseplants. Their shimmering colors make them look like decorative ornaments come to life, and sometimes people will purposefully decorate their house with winter-blooming flowers to entice the bees out of their hiding spots. The bees don't really need nectar during the winter because they rely on their own hidden stores that they've accumulated over the summer. They like to winter inside of houses because of their warmth, and the nectar they collect while in a person's house is mainly used to create a special tiny honey pot which they leave behind as a thanks once the weather outside becomes more amenable. The winter honey of baublebees is extremely potent, and is usually mixed with other honeys to add to their flavor. Nila baublebees have honey that tastes somewhat like cloves.
Baublebees are large, colorful insects that appear around houses and other dwellings when the first snows come. They are shy, gentle creatures that mostly spend time hiding in any dark, warm places they can find, but once they become comfortable with the inhabitants of their winter home and are confident their delicate glass bodies won't be damaged, they'll start to come out into the open. At the peak of the winter season, they can be seen flying around a house and gathering in out-of-the-way spots like on potted plants, occasionally humming melodic tunes with their filigree wings.
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