Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee


Bumble bees are social creatures. They live in colonies, or groups, of around 50 to 100 bees, and each colony has a queen bee and about 10,000 worker bees. The queen is the only bee that can lay eggs; her body is specialized for this purpose. She will lay anywhere from 500 to 2,000 eggs per day. Worker bees take care of the babies while they grow up, although they also help with pollination and other jobs.


Bumble bees are found throughout the world, though they are more common in tropical regions than in cooler climates. In South Florida, bumble bees live in yards, gardens and parks. They eat nectar and pollen from flowers as well as fruit from trees like oranges and grapefruit.


The bumble bee life cycle begins when a fertilized egg hatches into a larva that eats its way out of its shell before becoming a pupa (which looks like a cocoon). After a couple weeks as a pupa, it becomes an adult bee ready to start its own colony!


The queen will begin building a new colony by laying eggs and feeding on pollen and nectar to grow strong.


She will then start laying eggs of her own, which will hatch into virgin queens or workers depending on the age of their mother. The workers will take care of their young siblings until they reach maturity themselves; however, if there is not enough food available then some workers may become drones instead (which do not participate in breeding).


Once all the workers are born then they begin foraging for pollen or nectar so that they can feed on it themselves as well as their offspring inside their nest.


They work together as a colony so they can stay warm through cold winters while also protecting one another from predators such as wasps or other bees who might want to take over their territory.


Bumble bees have many adaptations that allow them to live in different environments and climates around the world. One such adaptation is their ability to fly; they can fly at speeds up to 15 miles per hour!


The wingspan of bumble bees ranges from 0.75 inches wide up until 2 inches wide depending on how old they are when they emerge from their cocoon (this usually happens around August). Their wings also have hairs on them called “Fuzz” which helps keep moisture out so.

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