The bumblebee can fly – even in cold weather
Text and watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt, DrawnJournalism.com
Sketching biodiversity: The bumblebees are important pollinators, that even can help pollination in cold climates. The bumble bee can’t fly in cold weather before shivering its flight muscles in up to five minutes to heat up. Then it takes off with around 200 wing beats per second.
It is a tiny, but amazing animal, threatened by habitat loss, lack of flowers and also by climate change that confuse them in winter, and makes them vulnerable to extreme weather and diseases.
The experts have so far named 250 species in the genus “Bombus”
The one I’ve sketched here is: white-tailed-bumblebee (bombus lucorum – DK: Lys-jordhumle)
Here in Denmark 29 species has been found.
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