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)

Facts about bumblebees:

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!

XCVII

TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.                        Emily Dickinson

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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10 thoughts on “In My Garden Everyone Has A Job

  1. I like bumble bees because they are devoted to the group and its raison d’etre! I love your photo and would love to capture one like that some day. I stood around in my garden last week as a bumble bee flitted from one flower to the next; going awfully fast that I couldn’t capture his landings… Oh well, next time. 🙂

  2. I was stung by a bee or a hornet on my lip when I was a child. I was just playing in our garden, unaware of any bee or hornet, and next thing I remember I was crying really loud because my lip was in pain. Luckily my parents were right there to take care of me.

  3. I love to watch the bees at work. Never stopping, always busy. I don’t like wasps and yellow jackets either, which is a shame because we have way too many of them. A small town near where we live is named Yellow Jacket.

  4. Bees..I do not know which kind…but they are very friendly…my first kiss in this country was from one of them—right on my hand…OUCH!

    Jaye
    still frightened of the humming bugs.

  5. Bumblebees are always too busy to sit and have a chat with me. Honey bees fall in the same category. But I can usually talk a yellow jacket into sitting on my hand and conversing for a short time 🙂

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