Who's That Bee!! The Mighty Bumblebee Humble-Bee

Who's That Bee!! The Mighty Bumblebee Humble-Bee

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The Mighty Morphing Bumble Bee!!

These guys are Built Different™️ for sure. In general, the Biggest Bee around (shoutout to the Violet Carpenter Bee), these Goliath sized titans are no push over in the battle for pollen and can be on average twice the size of honeybees.

Their formidable size and strength makes them good at working with particular types of flower shapes and sizes, however they have one secret weapon that you have to listen very closely for to appreciate: their bumble buzzz ✨

Bumblebees (also known historically as "humble-bees") have a very unique and specialized buzzing ability (that honeybees do not have), specially adapted to work with their very thick and long hair system to crate vibrations which cause pollen to literally jump onto the bee before even making physical contact, this makes bumblebees incredibly efficient! This is called Buzz Pollination and certain plants, such as tomatoes 🍅, require this specific form of pollination and it's estimated to be required for close to 10% of all flower varieties in the world 🌼

Native to almost everywhere including the Americas, Europe and parts of Northern Africa, (notably absent from Australia), these bees are a critical component of overall pollination and are responsible for keeping us and many other things alive 💓 While we have a profound appreciation toward honeybees here, we must recognize that the Mighty Bumblebee and many other native bees are threatened in many ways that honeybees are not, and as such we must all do our part so that they can do theirs!

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Click here for information about how you can make your garden more friendly toward native pollinators!

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The Contest

To enter, simply comment below with the "scientific" or Latin name for the category of bumblebees, specifically the genus which is a single word, and also let us know what that Latin word means in English 📖

Our local Honeybees for example are Apis mellifera where "Apis" is the genus, coming from the Latin words for "honey bearing bee" ❤️, so you would simply comment below with "Apis" and what that word means: "bee" (words can have multiple meanings, try to find the meaning you think would apply best!)

  • This genus has over 250 separate species of bumblebee, one you may see around town is (genus) terricola
  • Wikipedia is your friend
  • The word starts with a 🐝 and sounds like the plot to the movie Speed (1994) 🚌

Enter in the box down below!

Prizes

  • all contest entrants receive 50 Buzz Coins on their customer account (please include you email so we know which account is yours!)
  • 100 bonus coins for being first 🏆
  • 50 bonus coins for entering within 24 hours of the newsletter email 🐎
  • 50 bonus coins for an interesting story, anecdote or fact about bumblebees! 📖
  • One entry per family please and thank you!

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