Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Cool website & scientists finally learn how bees fly

For all the science lovers here's an interesting website with lots of thought provoking information.

I thought the problem was how bumblebees fly? The bumblebee must be 10 times the weight of a honeybee with fairly tiny wings and very hardworking too being active from first light to late dusk when there's very little light; they must be more efficient than we think or consume a huge amount of nectar. I rarely see honeybees anymore since they were attacked by the tracheal mite, Acarapis woodi and external parasite, Varroa jacobsoni. I read somewhere that most of the pollenating was done by bees other than the honeybee. Armed with this information I made it a point to be more observant about what kinds of bees were gathering nectar from the flowers and indeed there are many varieties of small bees and the more easily seen bumblebees who gather nectar and pollenate the flowers.

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