Flight of the Bumblebee

As readers here may know, CHO last year decided that we would focus on a theme throughout each year. Last year was the heart, and this year, after a new year vote was taken, the new theme was announced at the picnic at the beach last week: this year we will focus on bees. This has had me thinking about bee flight. Danni, who has appeared here before, sent me the following quote about bees…

bumblebees

Of course this is a really good thought for those of us who want to do things that seem to be beyond us – just keep going, you never know  what you might be capable of. But the question remains – how do those relatively big creatures with flimsy looking wings manage to get into the air. There are quite a few good you tube videos about this… it seems to be a combination of different muscles and techniques that mean that they don’t defy the laws of physics – it just looks like they do!

Here’s a couple of those instructional videos just to keep us up to speed…

Firstly, here’s some science, then there’s a slow motion perspective here, and it wouldn’t be natural history if we didn’t have some David Attenborough… Finally, just for something completely different, here is a woman playing the classical piece Flight of the Bumblebee on the piano – I think maybe some scientific explanation is required for the speed of her hands!

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3 Responses to Flight of the Bumblebee

  1. Pamela Smith says:

    A bee stung me christmas day 2 sting of my life this far well sorry it had to die for that sting but thanku all the bees for the honey love it 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🌹🌻🌺

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