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On the coldest mornings in early spring, before the sun comes to warm their tiny bodies, bumblebees become stiff jeweled brooches adorning fragile flower petals chilled by the morning dew. In the hottest of summer afternoons, bumblebees become lethargic, yet intent on their work-- drunk off sunbeams and the syrupy nectar of lilacs and lavender. In both cases, a curious observer may -- for moments on end -- suspend that natural aversion to the stinging, black-and-yellow creatures and actually pet their fuzzy backs with abandon, feeling the reserved fluttering of wings as they briefly consider going elsewhere but quickly change their minds.