14 Truly Amazing Facts about Bumble Bees
Bumblebees are fascinating insects and are one of the key pollinators in the insect world. These bees usually appear in colonies. Though these creatures are pretty useful but in case they have set up their nest right in your backyard, they can also cause discomfort. Here are a few fascinating facts about the bumble bees:
1. The scientific name of these bees is Bombus. However, they are commonly known as Bumblebees due to their large and round appearance and the buzzing sound they make while flying.
2. An adult worker bumblebee can measure between 6 to 25 mm and the queen measures around 17 to 25 mm.
3. These are social insects and usually live in colonies. The adult population of bumblebees comprises of workers (sterile females), queens and males. These bees usually appear during late summers.
4. The nest of mature bumblebees contains about 50 to 400 bees at a time. The temperature of the nest is regulated and is kept about 30-degree celsius. Bumblebees maintain this temperature by producing body heat without moving their wings.
5. The largest bumblebee in the world is Bombus Dahlbomii. These are found in South America. A mature queen can measure up to 40 mm.
6. A Bumblebee can flap its wings up to 200 times a second.
7. These bees have a very fast metabolism and that is why they eat continuously.
8. There are about 46 species of bumblebees in North America. These bees can be found in the entire Northern Hemisphere and Arctic tundra. These are one of the key pollinators in North America and can be found widely in various regions in North America.
9. Only female bumblebees can sting. The males do not have any stingers.
10. The entire bumblebee colony dies by winter. Only the queen survives the winter and starts a new colony during the spring. This is unlike the colonies of honey bees where the queen and a few members of the colony survive the winter.
11. When searching for food, the bumblebees can go to places with temperature as low as 0-degree celsius. They keep themselves warm by flapping the wings and by using the flight muscles to generate heat. The bumblebee diversity is highest in the mountain region.
12. The size of the tongue of a bumblebee depend on their species and the type of flower they feed on. Each species have different tongue length. This reduces competition. Bumblebees with the longest tongue feed on the nectar of the tubular flowers while the one with small and medium tongue feed on smaller species of flowers.
13. The cuckoo bumblebees are known as nest thieves as these bees tend to take over the nests of other bees.
14. Bumblebees do not go far away from their home. They usually collect pollen and nectar and come back to the nest. They usually remain within a radius of 10 kilometers from their nest.
15. Unlike honeybees, bumblebees make honey enough to feed themselves.
We hope that these 15 points will help you get an idea about the nature and life cycle of bumblebees. In case you are looking for bumble bee removal services, contact us. We offer personalized pest control services that are designed according to your needs. To get in touch, visit citypest.ca/contact.