Have you ever looked at a bumblebee butt and noticed just how cute it is? Probably not, but you should! The Internet is going wild for bumblebee butts right now and for good reason… just wait until you see how buzz-worthy they are.
Those round little bodies covered in soft hair are accented by a plush round bottom, often covered in nectar.
Just like their close relative the honeybee, bumblebees are obsessed with nectar. And when they go after their favorite food tucked deep in a flower they wiggle their booty in the air like they just don’t care. Or maybe they just know how cute they are!
As cute as their bottoms may be, you don’t want to mess with that heinie. Unlike honeybees, bumblebees can sting repeatedly without hurting themselves. So as much as you want to touch, don’t you dare!
Take a look at these adorable bumblebee butts and learn some interesting facts about bees along the way.
Did you know that one bee has to fly around 90,000 miles (that’s three trips around the globe) to produce one pound of honey? That’s a lot of work!
The average bee will only make around 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey throughout its entire lifetime.
A bumblebee will visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip. Thankfully, they are pretty fast – traveling around 15 miles per hour, but they tire out after flying around 6 miles at a time.
There are three members of every honey bee colony.
The Queen: This fertile female is the mother to all of the other bees in the colony.
By the time a queen bee is 5 to 6 days old she is ready to mate. As soon as she’s ready, the queen releases a pheromone scent to attract a mate.
Males from miles away can smell the scent and instantly set off in pursuit.
The Worker: This infertile female performs labor tasks for the colony such as preparing food and guarding the hive. They also heat and cool the hive.
Drone: These are males that start out as an unfertilized egg. Their only purpose is to mate with a virgin queen, and while they all live with the queen, only one in one thousand get the opportunity to mate.
The average worker bee lives six to eight weeks in the summer. Sadly, the most common culprit to their death is a set of worn out wings.
As winter approaches the bee colony will die out and only the queen will survive. She typically burrows into a bank of soil for the cold season and hibernates. When spring arrives, she’ll get busy creating a new colony.
During their short lifespan, a bee will produce around 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey and fly about one and half times the circumference of the Earth to achieve that.
Bees peak in numbers around mid-summer, when there are around 60,000 to 80,000 bees living in a colony. To help fuel these numbers, a solid queen can lay as many as 3,000 eggs per day.
So, how do bees make honey? Bees use their long tongues to extract nectar from flowers. They store this nectar in a special stomach they have, known as their honey stomach.
When the honey stomach is full, they fly back to their hive. Back at the hive, a bunch of bees from the colony work together, swapping their nectar back and forth from one bee’s mouth to another until it takes on a less runny consistency.
Unique enzymes in the bees’ mouths break down the sugars in the nectar and make it thicker. From there, the nectar is still a little bit runny and must be placed into wax honeycombs to complete the final stage – evaporation.
To help speed up the process of evaporation, bees use their wings to fan it.
Bees have six sections to their legs, all connected by a joint. So, while bees don’t technically have knees, you could make the joke that bees have five knees per leg!
Bees sleep anywhere from 5 to 8 hours a day. Sleep is an important part of a bee’s busy day, it helps restore their mind so that they can learn and remember things.
Cute fact: Bees snuggle up to one another to stay warm and keep heat in the hive.
Wondering where that famous buzzzz sound comes from? It’s not from their cute butts!
Instead, the sound comes from their wings slapping together, creating vibrations in the air that sound like buzzing. If bees feel threatened, they will flap their wings even harder, hence why the buzzing increases.