I drive a dark green VW Golf. Whenever I leave my apartment and walk to my parking lot, there’s always a half-dozen or so yellowjackets hanging out on the hood of my car. I have no idea why.
The only explanation I can think of is that there’s pollen kicked up onto my car by other traffic and the bees are attracted to it because my car is the same color as leaves. None of the other cars in my lot (a sample of 10 or so) seem to have this phenomenon.
But, bees surely are smarter than that, right? I mean, all the other cars should have pollen on their hoods, and the bees should smell them, too? Wouldn’t they go for my neighbor’s blue VW, too?