Hibernating bee

Hibernating bee

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bumble bee. Queen bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) hibernating in a small hole in wet wood. Only queen bumble bees survive the winter. On waking in spring they found a new colony. Workers are born first, which tend to the rest of the queen's offspring. As summer progresses the successive generations are larger, and males and new queens are eventually produced. These mate and the queens fly off to find somewhere to spend the winter.

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Keywords: animal, bee, bees, bombus terrestris, bumble, bumble bee, bumble bee queen, hibernates, hibernating, hibernation, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, queen, queen bee, wildlife, zoology

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