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!