We will tell you interesting facts about bumblebees.
The solid bass whirring means there’s a bumblebee around. There is no need to be afraid of this insect, despite its terrifying stinging – bumblebees are usually not aggressive, and they will never attack people first if they are not disturbed again. But if you’re not lucky after all, you should bear in mind that their poison is quite unpleasant, perhaps even more unpleasant than the bees, not to mention that it can cause serious consequences for people with allergies.
Facts about bumblebees
- An adult can be as long as 2.5 centimeters.
- There are about 300 species of bumblebees in nature.
- They were brought to Australia and New Zealand relatively recently.
- Bees are the closest relatives of bumblebees.
- The wool covering the bumblebee’s body helps this insect to keep warm, reducing heat loss by half.
- The first bumblebees appeared on Earth about 30 million years ago.
- Females are usually bigger than males.
- The bumblebee’s body has a temperature of as much as 40 degrees.
- These insects know how to warm up by quickly shrinking their chest muscles, but they can only do that in flight.
- Bumblebees live in large families of up to 200-300 individuals.
- One of the bumblebees is a trumpeter. Every morning, he flies out of the nest first and wakes the others with a special buzz.
- The bumblebee family lives for one summer. In autumn all the insects die, except for a few fertilized young mothers, who winter and in April start building a nest, lay eggs and start a new family.
- Bumblebees, like bees, have poison, but unlike bees, bumblebees do not leave stings in their victims.
- There’s an industry called bumblebee-keeping – breeding bumblebees to pollinate crops to increase their yields. These insects have become popular pollinators because of their low aggressiveness.
- Bumblebees cuckoo differ from their other congeners in a parasitic way of life. They place their larvae in the hives of other bumblebees, as well as disguise themselves by painting.
- There is a common misconception that bumblebees fly contrary to the laws of aerodynamics. It probably originated in the early 20th century when trying to apply the bumblebee lifting force calculations designed for aircraft. Physicist Zheng Jane Wang of Cornell University, USA, has proved that the flight of these insects does not violate the laws of physics.
- The bumblebee can fly at speeds of up to 18 km/h.
- The bumblebee nest is scientifically called “bombidarium”.
- Bumblebees in cold weather amicably “buzz” in the nest, flying on the spot, working with muscle, warming up, and thus raising the temperature inside to a comfortable 30-35 °С.
- On hot days you can see a bumblebee at the entrance to the nest fluttering with its wings. It ventilates the nest.
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