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bumblebee:

see beebee,
name for flying insects of the superfamily Apoidea, in the same order as the ants and the wasps. Bees are characterized by their enlarged hind feet, typically equipped with pollen baskets of stiff hairs for gathering pollen.
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bumblebee

[′bəm·bəl‚bē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for several large, hairy social bees of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae.

bumblebee

, humblebee
any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
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This year's bumblebee numbers are up on previous years," says oilseed rape grower Mark Bush from the Perthshire farm where he's been planting wild flowers around his crops to encourage the insects he relies on.
Bumblebees are able to "shiver" their flight muscles and generate heat in the thorax up to 60[degrees]F.
It has already attracted several species of bumblebee, including the rare blaeberry bumblebee, as well as butterflies, hoverflies and other invertebrates, which are, in turn, enticing birds to the site.
Some of the commercial bumblebees escape their greenhouses and forage among the flowers outdoors, mingling with local wild bees.
Male bumblebees do not have a sting and die in the autumn, while the females are non aggressive and avoid humans.
Apart from food, bumblebees also require sites where they can nest.
You can help swell their number in your area by sowing Gale's specially prepared Bumblebee Seed Mix that contains grasses, wild flowers and red clover.
The second control group was established at the same site in July 1988 and allowed me to determine whether insect pollinators other than bumblebees exert selection on flower size in P.
ONE of three pesticides banned due to the risks to bees does not harm bumblebee colonies when they are exposed to levels found in the countryside, says a new study.
There are several unaddressed problems in the taxonomy of bumblebees which motivate researchers to look for alternative methods.
BUMBLEBEES are such happy little creatures to have in your garden.