The flight of the Bumblebee

Animals never cease to amaze me. And one of the finest examples is the Bumblebee. Their systems of hive organisation and individual rank and role seem highly evolved for such a small creature. Add in the facts that bees can fly at speeds of more than 45 kilometres an hour, carry 90 per cent of their body weight in pollen and contribute to about one-third of an average human’s diet (by pollination), they are a pretty amazing critter. And let’s not forget the honey!

This video from BBC’s Animal Camera on the flight of the Bumblebee provides another amazing insight into their behaviour with the discovery of ‘bee lines’. Tracked with radar transponders utilising the latest micro-technology, this is a three-minute reminder of just how sophisticated even the humblest of animals are.



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