Bumblebees are large, fuzzy insects with short, stubby wings. They play a crucial role in Nature, as they are important pollinators. One-third of the food we consume heavily relies on pollination from bees.
According to ecologist Rachel Winfree, an assistant professor in the department of entomology at Rutgers University, a lot of animals are pollinators, including birds, bats, and butterflies, but “there’s no question that bees are the most important in most ecosystems.”
If bees didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have foods like apples, watermelons, pumpkins, broccoli, cantaloupes, cucumbers, asparagus, blueberries, and cranberries.
Unfortunately, bee populations are on the decline, and the alarming thing is that things are getting much worse.
Yet, apart from our contribution to the issue, the main causes of the declining bee population include pesticides, parasites, and infections, as well as climate change, habitat loss, and the reduced diversity of crops.
Pesticides are believed to have destroyed the bees’ resistance, and nowadays, they are unable to fight off the parasites and infections that are killing them.
Therefore, it is high time that we all do something to save bees. Most activists maintain that we need to immediately stop the use of pesticides to stop the decline.
Moreover, trees are very important, as they are a food source and a habitat for bees. It would also be useful to plant a bee garden or create a habitat corridor with nectar-rich plants.
During the summer, you have surely noticed the cute little bumblebees floating lazily from flower to flower. Yet, they are extremely hard-working, so just like all of us, they need to rest too.
Sleep is important for lots of the animals on our planet., bees included.
They work day and night and take shifts sleeping inside the hive. To get all that rest, they often take little sleeps, or catnaps, of about 15 to 30 seconds at a time.
Experts agree that sleep is very important for them, as it helps their memory, and they need to remember where they find pollen and nectar.
The following photos reveal some adorable and tired bumblebees who have decided to take a nap during their busy day, inside flowers!
Take a look at these busy creatures while they are getting their beauty sleep: