In My Garden Everyone Has A Job
Most people are afraid of bumblebees–I don’t know why. I suppose it’s good to be cautious but fleeing whenever you encounter one is not necessary. Males don’t have mandibles big enough to bite and the workers and queen can sting but rarely do. Besides, they are too busy collecting nectar and helping me pollinate the flowers to be bothered with stinging. Lighten up! (flowers: lavender & stokesia)
1.) There are at least 300 different species of bumblebees!
2.) Bumblebees make honey pots from wax pressed out from between their abdominal segments. (Cool, huh?)
3.) Bumblebees use a process called “buzz pollination” to extract pollen from flowers that are tightly packed with it. This process involves vibrating their flight muscles, creating a loud buzzing sound as they curl their bodies around the flower. The noise emanating from the bee, vibrates the flower and shakes the pollen out. (What’d I tell ya? Too busy to sting!)
4.) During the summer months, bees hover at the top of the nest and vibrate their wings (much like a ceiling fan) to circulate the air and keep the nest nice and cool. (Like they have time to be concerned about you!)
5.) Bumblebees hibernate underground.
6.) Since a bumblebee’s body is naturally cool, they cannot become airborne until their bodies become warm.
7.) Bumblebees do not have ears.
8.) Bumblebees make their homes in abandoned nests (such as a bird or mouse nest).
9.) Bumblebees can lay six to ten eggs at one sitting. (Busy! Get it?)
10.) Excluding Arctic regions, bumblebees are found throughout the world.
The Bumblebee – truly an interesting specimen of the insect world!
|TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—|
|One clover, and a bee,|
|The revery alone will do|
|If bees are few. Emily Dickinson|
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