BITING INSECTS

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Bumblebee

Description:


The queen is the longest between 17mm and 25mm long, the worker measures between 6mm and 25mm long and finally, the male measures between 10mm and 17mm long. The bumblebee has a hairy body with the distinctive colours of black bands and yellow bands on the abdomen.

Food:


The bumblebee is a vegetarian insect. The adult bumblebee feeds on nectar, honey and pollen. The larva feeds on pollen and nectar, a mixture known as bee bread.

Habits:


Bumblebees form new colonies each year. Only young, fertilized queens spend the winter. They come out early spring to look for a suitable place to nest, a dark cavity of 2 inches by 3 inches, usually, it will be in the ground, like an abandoned mouse hole.

Reproduction:

The queen and the males mate in flight (swarming), the queen then begins to lay eggs until the end of her days. The queen starts laying with 8 to 10 eggs which she will maintain herself, then when the nest contains sterile workers, the queen will exclusively take care of laying until the end of the summer.

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