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Bumblebees' Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers' Electric Fields

Scientists say bumblebees can sense flowers' electric fields through the bees' fuzzy hairs.

One of the 250+ species of bumblebee! These are important pollinators, who live in small colonies, often underground. Be sure to leave them areas where they can make nests!


Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

Wild bees, such as this Andrena bee visiting highbush blueberry flowers, play a key role in boosting crop yields.

White-tailed Bumblebees (Bombus lucorum) - The UK and Continental Europe (photo by Roeselien Raimond on Flickr)

Honey Bee: Most Honey Bees are reddish brown and black, with orange-yellow rings on the abdomen. Their head, antennae, and legs are black. They have crowded, soft hair on the middle part of body. Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses, 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach | Photo courtesy: Flickr Under creative commons license.-

"A rare image of a larger Bumblebee visiting a Tulip fosteriana ‘Sweetheart’ flower, and struggling to escape! Tulips were one of the four plant groups discussed in Michael Pollan’s book ‘The Botany Of Desire’ which explained these plants’ global success as a result of appealing to a single animal species – man. In our garden, insects rarely visit tulip flowers, and in part this mismatch between human aesthetics and insect preferences gave me the idea for this section of the blog"