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To the bumblebee – time is honey!

The bumblebee’s main objective in life is to harvest nectar and pollen from flowering plants and bring it back to its nest where it’s turned into honey. Honey is used to feed everyone in the nest.

During the harvesting process, bumblebees transfer pollen from one flower to another. This is an important role in pollination, a requirement for some plants to successfully produce fruits and seeds.

Bumblebees need a lot of energy to do their work; their metabolic rate is 75% higher than a hummingbird’s! While they can carry up to 25% of their weight in pollen and nectar, they burn a lot of nectar bringing their find back to the nest. Out of an average of ten harvesting trips, a bumblebee can produce 3 ml of honey. To a bumblebee, time is honey!

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2 Responses to “To the bumblebee – time is honey!”

  1. one female canuck July 24, 2012 3:39 PM #

    “Bumblebees are large, hairy social insects with a lazy buzz and clumsy, bumbling flight” — I was having dinner next to this person last night, and they were on a date with someone who may or may not have been a turkey vulture.

    I heard them discussing their children, the Bumtures.

    – M, your number one fan

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