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Bumble Bees (Bombus)

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"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.  
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)

- God's Little Folk -
Bumble Bees (Bombus)

On the sixth day of creation, God made them, and us!

(Bumble Bee - 01a) This is a closer look at the bumble bee on the begonia. Bumble bees are larger than honey bees, but like honey bees they are social insects.  They can be identified by their robust body, which is covered with black and yellow hairs (setae), often in bands. On the internet we saw reference to some species that have orange or red hairs on their bodies, or they may be entirely black. The abundant hair makes bumble bees appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula; a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport). Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.

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