The Bumblebee, Up Close and Personal

Scientists have determined that Bumblebees are the cutest insects. That’s an official fact. They are the teddy bears of the insect world, furry and rounded.

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Of course, they are teddy bears with five eyes, two big compound eyes and three little “primitive” eyes.

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There are 46 species of bumblebee native to North America. They are intrepid pollinators who venture out when it is too cold or cloudy, too early in the day, or too early in the spring for most other bee species.

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Judy took these pictures on Sunday with her regular lens and I just kept cropping them for a closer look.

Ah, bumblebees. I will miss you over the long winter.

43 Comments on “The Bumblebee, Up Close and Personal”

  1. Great photos by Judy and some nice research on your part…. unless those facts are off the top of your head!
    I wish I knew more about bumble bees, I tried investigating earlier in the year, but they all look the same to me.
    I wasn’t too thrilled to learn about cuckoo bees, they seem as soft and cuddly as the rest, but sure do have the air of a freeloader to them!

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