This morning I came upon my friend, Bumbie, as he was drinking some marigold nectar. After breakfast, he said he was going to the barbershop. Can you guess what kind of haircut he was going to get? He said he wanted a "buzz-cut." :-)
Did you know that "Bumble bees’ wings beat 130 or more times per second.
That ability, combined with their large size, enables the bees to perform a unique service, “buzz pollination” (vibrating flowers until they release pollen), that helps plants produce more fruit. The insects’ size also allows them to generate heat, so bumble bees can fly earlier and later in the day, as well as to cooler, higher altitudes, than can honey bees."
Take a moment to take in the idea of 130 or more beats of their wings per second, the "buzz pollination" process, their ability to generate heat.... Now that's a miracle!
Be sure to click on "Bumble Bees" to learn more at the National Wildlife Federation's Blog.