Bee Talking June 9 2010

I walked out to my garage early this morning and heard a strange buzzing sound coming from the back. I saw a single bee sitting there and it was making a sound I have never heard before. I am used to hearing them buzz as they fly against the window trying to get out. This was different, it was like it was talking.

I ran back to the house and grabbed my Sony PCM-D1 which I keep close to the door in case I need to set up quickly. I was not sure how long the bee would be there so I started recording immediately.

The bee would sit on the window and make his talking sounds and then fly around close to the window without hitting it. Then it would stop and start talking again. Every now and then I would hold the Sony right on him and he would jump on and “talk” then fly away. It was like a pet in a way but I’m not sure it enjoyed the Sony being so close. Maybe he was stinging it, I’m not sure.

I think I finally have enough flying insect sounds for a new library. Below are some quick edits I made and strung together.

Bee Buzzing 100612 by therecordist

Bee Talking 2010

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  1. Nathan Moody  June 12, 2010

    Wow, that was unique and expressive. Amazing capture! I, for one, welcome our speaking bee overlords. :-)

  2. The Recordist  June 13, 2010

    I welcome the bee overlords also. Hornets and Wasps, not so sure about them!


  3. Junke  August 20, 2010

    Wuuuao, excellent. I definitely want the Sony PCM-D1. Frank, good luck from Colombia


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