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Basking Bumblebees

10-10-13  basking bumblebee 016Bumblebees are some of the earliest bees to emerge in the spring and are often the last to be seen in the fall. They can regulate their own body temperature by shivering or basking in the sun. This enables bumblebees not only to stay active longer during the season, but also during wet or cooler weather. Look for them on sunny patches of ground at this time of year.

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One response

  1. Cliff Fairweather

    It’s chilly and rainy today in the Washington, DC area and wet bumblebees are clinging to my seaside goldenrod infloresences, awaiting their chance to do a little basking.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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