Self-preservation dictates that we rarely come face to face with a bumble bee. If we did, perhaps we'd be in for a pleasant surprise.
According to this evidence, they have a much happier disposition than suggested by the painful associations traditionally attached to their species.
From the safe distance offered by a telephoto lens, amateur photographer Chris Cox captured this fascinating image of one of the insects apparently smiling broadly.
Wildlife lovers will tell you of course, that the creatures are happy in their work, and only become angry if provoked by humans.
A bumble-bee, close-up above, smiles while collecting pollen - and keen photographer Chris Cox happened to have his camera handy
'I'd just cleaned my equipment and was taking some shots of the flowers in the garden when I noticed the bee,' he said.
'I zoomed in on it and fired off a bunch of shots, messing around without really thinking about it. It wasn't until a few days later I looked over the images and I couldn't believe my eyes.
'You would never believe a bee could have a face like that.'It looked like it was posing for the camera.'
Buzzing: Amateur photographer Chris Cox in the back garden of his home in Cornwall