Little Bee

I meant to post this a couple of days ago, but time still has a habit of getting away from me. Still, even I can recognise a bumblebee when out walking.

That said, I hadn’t realised that there were over 250 species of the things.


There is an urban myth about the laws of aerodynamics proving that bumblebees can’t fly. This is, of course, nonsense and the origin of this myth is somewhat unclear.

I did hear an anecdote some time ago (which after a bit of digging, I should note is probably wrong) claiming that an engineer at a dinner party performed some rough calculations and concluded that, according to his equations, bumblebees cannot fly. He later realised that he’d failed to take into account of the fact that bumblebees don’t have fixed wings.

Or, as Karl Smallwood puts it for Today I Found Out:

Basically, if you calculate it all assuming bumblebees fly like airplanes, then sure, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly. But, of course, bumblebees don’t fly like airplanes.

Smallwood also notes that the fact that scientists are still having to repeatedly prove that bumblebees can fly in order to counter such an obviously nonsensical myth says a lot about the gullibility of people.

3 thoughts on “Little Bee

  1. Well look at this. I love this post!

    People are doing GOMA and the person who started it? Me?

    I have been In. A. Funk.

    Also the humidex is 40 degrees every day.


    But today I take it back and will go out again for my walks.

    Thanks for participating!

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    1. I’m enjoying it, to be honest. You have prompted me to start taking a camera with me when I go for a walk and to start looking much more at what is around me.

      The weather here has been all over the place over the past few days. It’s very changeable, but not enough to keep me indoors — even if I have spent the past two days trying to get my boots dry 😉

      I’ll look forward to your next post.

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