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Your family here at beourcustomer.com feels a little partial to bumblebees as we selected a bumblebee to be our company logo. So, we want to share some little tidbits of information about this amazing insect.

Bumblebees are larger than honeybees, they are round, fuzzy and have stubby short wings and they do not produce much honey. Bumblebees come in many sizes and have bright bands which can be red, black, or yellow. There are over 225 species around the world: with approximately 46 species in North America. The largest species of bumblebee lives in South Africa.

Bumblebees like honeybees are social insects and live in colonies. A bumblebee colony will have 50-500 bees in comparison the average honeybee colony is made up of 20,000 bees. The vast majority of bees do not have colonies or a queen.

Bumblebees do not live in a hive; they live in burrows underground which have been abandoned by some small animal like mice. Most bumblebee’s lives are very short as they only live one season before they die. Only new queen bees live through the winter to start a new colony in the spring.

According to the National Wildlife Foundation, a bumblebee wings beat 130 times or more per second. Their large bodies combined with their beating wings vibrates flowers until they release pollen, this process is known as buzz pollination, which helps plants produce more fruit. A worker bumblebee will travel as far as 2 km to find food, but it is always able to find its way home as it leaves a scent on every flower that it lands on. Isn’t this quiet a unique mapping system for a small insect? Basically, an insect GPS.

Not only do bumblebees leave a scent for themselves to be able to find their way home, after they have taken all the pollen from a flower, they leave a scent to let other bumblebees know that the flower is empty. What a way to communicate and increase productivity.

Bumblebees eat almost continuously as they have an extremely fast metabolism, a full stomach last them only about 40 minutes. The bumblebees body temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit, if their temperature reaches 111 degrees they will die. Studies show that if the bumblebees nest gets too hot, bees will place themselves at the entrance and flap their tiny wings to move the hot air out like an AC unit.

Did you know that pollination is needed by approximately 78% of our plants and trees? Some species of bees are in danger of becoming extinct and scientists do not know why. For the first time in the United States in 2017 the rusty patched bumblebee was listed as federally endangered. All bees need to be protected, as without them humans will struggle to survive.

In the insect world, bumblebees are considered friendlier, gentle, and less aggressive than a lot of the other bees; they are much less likely to sting than honeybees, wasps, or yellow jackets. However, a bumblebee can sting multiple times opposed to a honeybee who dies after it stings once.

We strongly recommend that you do not put yourself in a situation to check out the friendliest of a bumblebee.
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