Bumblebees fly out much earlier than bees in the spring. Only the first spring sun will begin to warm up a little — and the bumblebees are already buzzing, looking for primroses.
These insects are very similar to bees in appearance, lifestyle. Bumblebees also extract nectar and make honey.
But why then did people not begin to breed them like bees?
By all standards, bumblebees seem to be far more productive than bees. They start flying out early and are able to operate with more
A bee manages to fly up to 10 flowers in a minute. And bumblebee — about 30. Accordingly, they pollinate the flowers better and collect more nectar.
The structure of the bumblebee community is also very similar to that of a bee, but with some peculiarities.
Bumblebees are also divided into three groups. Workers bumblebees collect food. Females carry offspring. Drones fertilize them. The latter also build honeycombs and keep an eye on the larvae. The bumblebee community numbers up to 200 individuals.
The fundamental difference between bumblebees and bees is their lifespan. Bees can live for several years, and therefore the entire hive leaves for the winter, stocking up on honey. In the cold, the bees will fall asleep, but the swarm needs a lot of honey for late winter and early spring. \
Why, then, aren’t bumblebees bred like bees?
It’s all about the properties of bumblebee honey. Since only females remain in winter and they sleep, bumblebees do not need to store a lot of honey for a long time. It is accumulated quite a bit so that the larvae hatch and hold out until the first collection. And with the ability to thermoregulate, bumblebees will begin it much earlier than bees.
Therefore, bumblebees have honey at all
Bee honey is just appreciated not only for its taste and benefits, but also as a natural canned food. Bee honey can be stored for years in almost any conditions.
It is because of its properties that bumblebee honey is not mined on an industrial scale. In addition, female bumblebees are very unpredictable. They do not have a binding to the hive like bees. They can fly away from the breeder at any time.
A bee hive can also occasionally move away from its place, but it firmly holds itself around the uterus, which means that the swarm can be tracked and tied to the hive. It won’t work with bumblebees.
But, nevertheless, occasionally bumblebees are bred. Why and how?
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