I’m so used to reading about honey bees, I sometimes forget about the Bumblebees. They’re a native pollinator. They were here to greet every set of people that have wandered to this land, and if we don’t kill them all off with pesticides and herbicides, they’ll still be around to greet our twenty-times-great-grandchildren.
You know, I’m sure, that the honey-bee queen lays her eggs (up to 2,500 a day) in the honeycomb, one egg in the bottom of each cell. The worker bees then care for the larvae.
Bumblebees are different. Each female bumblebee lays her eggs in a little clump and SITS on them, to warm them with the heat in the bottom of her abdomen. Remember, I told you a few days ago that the bee heart pushed the blood up into the thorax where it’s warmed by muscle movement. When the warm blood leaves the thorax, it passes along the bottom of the abdomen. That’s why the mommy bumblebee can warm her eggs. The heat passes from her heated blood through the layers of her body and onto/into the eggs.
Isn’t that magnificent?
In the meantime,
Happy Birthday Darlene ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Is that enough exclamation points for you?
BEEattitude for Day #517:
Blessed are those who avoid stepping on us bees, for they shall have a brighter Springtime.
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