Our highly-detailed plastic bumblebee toy makes a terrific model for teaching your children, grandchildren, or students about the wonders of nature, insects, and the animal world. Our plastic toy bumblebee is made of solid plastic and is quite durable. Be sure to take a look at our other bee toys and gifts.
The bumble bee is from the same order (Hymenoptera) as wasps, other bee species, and even ants. This is the largest order of insects. Bumble bees have the genus name of Bombus. There are over 250 different species of bumble bees, which come in many different colors besides black. You can find yellow and black striped, orange, and even pink bumble bees!
How did the bumble bee get its name? The term bumble comes from the deep buzz or hum that it makes, and because they fly in a bumbling inept way from flower to flower. Their wing movement is said to be similar to reverse-pitch semi-rotary helicopter blades.
Bumble bees do sting and can be aggressive around their nesting area, but not generally when harvesting nectar and pollen. They live in holes in the ground, on native grasses, or sometimes right on the ground itself. The worker bees do not overwinter; only the queen survives the winter to recreate a new nest. As a result of this they do not store a supply of honey like honey bees use to feed their worker bees over the winter. The bumblebee’s nest population is much smaller than most bee species, usually numbering around 50 bees.
A western bumble bee species that once was a common pollinator and was thought to have become extinct has been discovered again in the Mt. Hood area of Oregon. Twelve bumble bees of this species were found in that area. It is not known why this previously common bumble bee declined in numbers. This particular bumble bee has white coloring on the last two sections of its body. You can read the story about its rediscovery here.
There is a very interesting classical music composition called the "Flight of the Bumblebee," which is an orchestral interlude (a piece of music played between other pieces) written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera "The Tale of Tsar Saltan." He composed this delightful piece of music around 1899-1900. It takes an enormous amount of skill to play this song because of its frantic pace. You can hear it here.
Does it sound like a lot of bumble bees hurrying here and there on a very busy day to you?
Bumble bee article by MJ Simmons - Writing, when not reading . . . or painting rocks
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