Bombtastic bumblebees

I am a honeybee beekeeper, but the entire spectrum of pollinators fascinates me (this is the driving force behind Runamuk’s message of pollinator conservation).  Bumblebees are particularly interesting.  Maine is fortunate to have a large diversity of bumbles, like the Orange-Banded and the Rusty-Patch bumblebee.  Several species have gone extinct in states southwards, and while pollinators are becoming more and more scarce, Maine still has pockets of wild places where our bumbles continue to thrive despite their reduced numbers.  One of the reasons I find bumblebees so neat is because they actually sit on their eggs to incubate them.  How cool that?

Check out this short video to learn more about bumblebees.

Feel free to share this with your family and friends, your children–with your help we can teach the world not to fear these beneficial insects.

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About Samantha Burns

Maine blogger, beekeeper and farmer. Follow along with my many misadventures in the pursuit of a more sustainable life. Find out how I am advocating for local food in my community and working to promote pollinator conservation here in the state of Maine. Every day is an adventure!

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