Life of Bees By: Deandra

Life of Bees By: Deandra

Published on 12 July 2023
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Bumblebees
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By: Deandra Witt
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Let's Do Some Learning about Bumblebees
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A bumblebee is any of over 250 species in the genus Bombus, part of Apidae, one of the bee families. This genus is the only extant group in the tribe Bombini, though a few extinct related genera are known from fossils. They are found primarily in higher altitudes or latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, although they are also found in South America, where a few lowland tropical species have been identified. European bumblebees have also been introduced to New Zealand and Tasmania. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals.
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Bumblebees
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They Do Not Produce Honey Honeybees collect honey to survive through the winter, but bumblebees don’t need to prepare for the cold because they die in the fall. Only new queen bumblebees hibernate and make it until spring—their naturally depressed metabolism gives them a longer lifespan than the rest of the colony. While wild bumblebees do collect sugary nectar, they always consume it before they have a chance to convert it into honey.
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Did you know?
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Fun Fact
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Bumblebees can shiver to bring their bodies to their minimum flight temperature of 86 degrees
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Bumblebees Shiver to Stay Warm
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