Two weeks ago or so the weather was lovely and I had dinner at my parents. I know my mother has a lot of flowers, and flowers attract butterflies and bees. So I decided to take my camera along and shot some nice photos. Just to see how good my camera could be. I don’t know what all the options and stuff on my camera is for, and I rather find out myself than reading the manual.
- Bumblebees and honey bees are distant cousins and are often confused with each other. The humble bumblebee, unlike the honey bee, is slow and gentle. Instead of dashing about everywhere, as the more streamlined honey bee does, this one lumbers along as it collects nectar and pollen in the garden.
- The bumblebee can sting any number of times it wants, because it does not lose its stringer after use.
- While the body of a honey bee is wasp-shaped, that of a bumblebee is furry and round.
- Bumblebees bear a pair of antennae, which act as noses.
- They nest in leaf litter or soil.
- They produce just a few grams of honey at a time, just enough for feeding their young ones.
- Their honey cannot be used for commercial purposes because they don’t produce enough.
- Compared to the honey bee, the bumblebee is less aggressive. They aren’t known for attacking people, unless they feel threatened.
- If there is one flying around you, do not wave your arms around wildly. Stand still and they will move away once they smell that you’re not a flower with nectar and pollen.
Pesticides that are used on the land by humans pose a serious threat to the existence and survival of bumblebees.