Fun Facts About Bumblebees

Introduction:The fuzzy black and yellow bumblebee is a relative of the more commonly known honeybee. They bumble along more slowly unlike the honeybee, but both feed on nectar.

  • 01

    Bumblebees Social

    These little social creatures who live in colonies. Workers, drones and the queen have certain duties that keep the colony thriving. One queen can lay hundreds of eggs. The male drone is on stand-by to fertilize his queen. Workers take care of hive maintenance.

    Look for them in your garden between spring and fall. Since single female bumblebees build the nest they are necessarily small and possibly can hold about 50 bees.
    Queen bumblebees might nest in leaves and lay 8-10 eggs at a time. Expected lifespan for queens are about one year.

  • 02

    No Need to Fear Bumblees

    It is not in their nature to attack humans, unless they are threatened. Unlike the honeybee, you can let bumblebee nests be. They don't swarm or create trouble in general.

    Worker and Queen bumblebees do have stingers, but without barbs. Mostly, the females use stingers to defend their nest.

    In fact, these beautiful, helpful creatures are fun to watch as they pollinate your flower or vegetable garden.

  • 03

    Endangered Species?

    Due to heavy pesticide use, bumblebees have been found in serious danger in places such as Britain and Ireland. If we continue to destroy the environment, we'll destroy the habitats of bumblebees and upset nature's balance. Experts believe the total extinction of bumblebees will create to negative change since certain plants such as cherries, apples, cotton, celery and tomatoes will no longer be pollinated. Greenhouse growers commonly use bumblebee colonies to expedite production.

  • 04

    Don't Eat the Honey

    Bumblebees do produce honey for their babies but humans should not attempt eat it as it tastes rotten. Therefore, bumblebee honey is not produced commercially.

  • 05

    Busting the Buzz Myth

    Most people believe that bumblebees "beat" their wings to make the buzzing sound. Not true! Actually, the buzzing results from the bumblebee vibrating his flight muscles to warm them up for flight.







Comments

  • goodselfme 10/20/2013 Flag This Comment

    Another h5

  • hummingbirdee 1/8/2013 Flag This Comment

    I love this cute bee list.

  • jseven 1/4/2013 Flag This Comment

    I love bumblebees and think God is an awesome artist!

  • goodselfme 1/2/2013 Flag This Comment

    My grandson got a bee instruction manual to begin bee keeping in the 2013 spring. I can hardly wait to learn more from these insects. Your list is wonderfully detailed.

  • JulieAnn 1/2/2013 Flag This Comment

    You learn something new every day. I like that they don't attack humans unless defending their nest. I really like bees. There is just something comforting in seeing them busy around the yard.

  • penelope7 1/1/2013 Flag This Comment

    It sounds strange but I like bees in general because it is not their nature, like the tramp insects (the yellow jackets or hornets) to come after you. They can, however, confuse our sweet smells for flowers I hear! I didn't know there was a difference in a Honey Bee and a Bumble Bee though, so I actually learned something. H5

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