Yellow-faced bumble bee on Verbena De La Mina



How do they do it?


This is an overhead view of a Yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii sipping nectar from a Verbena De La Mina blossom.

Look at the full pollen baskets on the bee.

Doesn't it make you wonder, just how it's possible aerodynamically for them to fly with such full baskets?











The same bee from another angle.

See the proportion of the full pollen basket to the bee's body.












This is probably one of the reasons why it's easier to take a photo of these cute bees.

They fly a little slower than other bees because of their size. And one would think that the pollen load slows them down even more.


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