Tagged: bees

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What will remain once bees are gone?

Grapes, avocados, cucumbers: if bees were extinct, the list of fruit and vegetables we could no longer eat would be lengthy.

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Why do bees die when they sting you?

Honeybees sting when they perceive a threat to their hive – but they pay a high price for this act of self-defence. That’s because a honeybee’s stinger is composed of two spiked hooks. When it stings, these hooks pierce the unlucky victim’s skin.

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Why is a bumblebee's loyalty so important?

There are 250 species of bumblebee in the world – 24 are native to the UK. Each species will stay loyal to a type of flower for as long as it’s in bloom. This is vital for the plant as the bumblebee species only carries its pollen, allowing the plant to spread optimally.

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Can bumblebees solve crime?

Bombus terrestris, or the large earth bumblebee, makes a habit of not collecting pollen from flowers in the direct vicinity of its nest. This reduces the risk of its natural enemies following a trail back to its nest.

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Are bees better pesticides?

In the EU alone 200,000 tons of pesticides are sprayed each year to protect crops from disease. But thanks to new start-up Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) that could soon become a thing of the past. The company has discovered that bees provide a natural alternative to pesticides.

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Do all bumblebees have a sting?

No, drones – that’s male bumblebees – get by without this weapon. Their only task in life is to impregnate young queens. During the roughly half-hour mating ritual, the genitals of the two bumblebees will hook into one another.

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Is it true that bumblebees don't produce honey?

Bumblebees do produce honey, but a lot less than honeybees do. There are several reasons for this: a bumblebee colony only has a lifespan of around one year; honeybee colonies last up to three years.