- There are over 255 different species of bumblebees in the world. The largest is the Bombus dahlbomii which can grow up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) long. The smallest is the Perdita minima who measures in at less than 2 mm.
- Unlike honeybees, bumblebees do not die after stinging.
- Bumblebees flap their wings 130 times per second. All that furious flapping in the flowers is what makes them such great pollinators.
- Bumblebees are larger and furrier than honeybees, and more suited to colder climates. They are indigenous to North America, while honeybees were introduced from Europe.
- Bumblebees produce far less honey than their European honeybee counterparts and also have much smaller colonies. Whereas a honey bee colony can grow to 50,000 inhabitants, most bumblebee colonies peak at less than 200. For more interesting facts about the life cycle of a bumblebee click here.
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So fascinating, thank you.