This bumblebee is enjoying the nectar from a thistle in the field behind our house.


Bumblebees are of the same family as normals honeybees. They pollinate plants same way a bee does. They are social insects with a queen and workers. They can sting but they don’t have a barb on their stinger so they will survive the sting – unlike a bee. Bumblebees can, because of their longer hair, survive colder temperatures than normal bees. Therefore, they can also be found in the tundra and higher altitudes such as mountains. There are 400 kinds of bumblebees, this one is a Bombus terrestris.