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Bumble Bee


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The early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)
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The bumble bee is the most common type of bee with around 250 different species of the bumble bee found around the world.

Despite the fact that the bumble bee can be found in many countries, it is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere, breeding more successfully in the more temperate climates.

The bumble bee is best known for having a sting on it's tail, which the bumble bee uses to protect itself from danger. Once the bumble bee has stung something with it's sting, the sting breaks off and the bumble bee generally dies. Despite common belief, not every bumble bee has a sting, in fact the male bumble bees (known as drones) do not have a sting at all. Only the female bumble bee has a sting on it's tail.

One of the main causes in the decline of the bumble bee populations is the fact that the places where the bumble bees nest are being disturbed often destroying the bumble bee's nest in the process.

The bumble bee is a herbivorous animal feeding primarily on nectar. Bumble bees also eat pollen and honey when there is no nectar available. Bumble bees have numerous natural predators including birds, larger insects and amphibians such as frogs and newts.

The queen bumble bee is the one who lays the eggs. She lays her eggs in a round-shaped mound that she then seals with wax. When the baby bumbles bees (larvae) hatch they are forced to eat their way out of their sealed dome.

Bumble bees are known to play a valuable part in the eco-system as around 1/3 of what humans eat is pollinated by bees. It is estimated that around 80% of the world's crop species are dependent on the pollination by bees to survive.

Sadly due to high pollution levels and habitat loss, the bumble bee populations are rapidly declining with the bumble bee being one of the few insects that is classed as being threatened with extinction. Human beings do not give bees the respect they deserve, as bumble bees are vital to the survival of plants which are in turn vital to the survival of humans.


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Bumble Bee Translations

Bulgarian български език
Земна пчела
 
Catalan Català
Borinot
 
Czech Cesky
Čmelák
 
Danish Dansk
Humlebier
 
German Deutsch
Hummeln
 
English English
bumblebee
 
Estonian Eesti
Kimalane
 
Spanish Español
Abejorro
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Burdo
 
French Français
Bourdon
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Bumbari
 
Dutch Nederlands
Hommels
 
Japanese 日本語
マルハナバチ属
 
Norwegian Norsk
Humler
 
Polish Polski
Trzmiel
 
Portuguese Português
Mamangaba
 
Finnish Suomi
Kimalaiset
 
Swedish Svenska
Humlor
 
Chinese 中文
大黃蜂
 

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Bumble Bee Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Arthropoda
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Insecta
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Hymenoptera
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Apidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Bombus
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species...
Bumble Bee
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Bombus
Found:Northern Hemisphere
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.9-3.8cm (0.75-1.5in)
Number of Species:
The total number of recorded species...
250
Average Lifespan:1 year
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Yellow, Black, Orange
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hair
Favourite Food:Nectar
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Quiet forests and pastures
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
200
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Nectar, Pollen, Honey
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Bats, Frogs, Skunks
Special Features:Black and yellow body and sting on tail of the female

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