When Bumble Bees go bad

I was shocked to read in the Economist that some of our cherished bumble bees are actually criminals.  Short-tongued bumblebees break into some types of flowers and steal their nectar without having to earn their living by transporting pollen between flowers and growing the natural economy.

This behaviour is known as nectar-robbing. And I want to know what is going to be done about it. I expect Ian Duncan Smith is working on a solution at this moment – devising a new plan to ensure these scrounging shorty bumble-bees do not continue to make off with nectar that should only be available to hard-working long-tongued bumblebees.

I wouldnt be surprised if these shorty-shirkers even have cells in their nests that they don’t use all the time, probably just filled up with ill-gotten gains.

I will be writing to my MP demanding action – please write to yours.

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About Miles King

UK conservation professional, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my own and I don't write on behalf of anybody else.
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2 Responses to When Bumble Bees go bad

  1. David Dunlop says:

    Tsk. Surely it’s showing just the sort of enthusiasm to ‘get on’ that the Government says we must encourage in the great global race to the finish.

  2. Pingback: The Life Cycle of the Bumble Bee. | Zee-Rebel

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