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Behavior question: What's with the wings on Bombus sonorus? - Bombus sonorus - female

Behavior question: What's with the wings on Bombus sonorus? - Bombus sonorus - Female
UCI Arboretum, Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
March 6, 2010
I've noticed this apparent wing reversal on several fly posts and can sorta understand how it's possible with two supple wings. But on a bumble bee? Aren't these the insects that are supposed to be theoretically unable to fly, due to poor aerodynamics?

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Behavior question: What's with the wings on Bombus sonorus? - Bombus sonorus - female Behavior question: What's with the wings on Bombus sonorus? - Bombus sonorus - female

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A more simple explanation of
A more simple explanation of why such creatures as Bumblebees are able to fly is sheer force of will. When you have as much to do as any of our pollinating friends, you have to really put your mind to it!

Evidently,
bumble bees have a different flight strategy than other insects (a triumph of brute force over aerodynamic inefficiency). There are some tantalizing hints in this article, but it would be interesting to see the original paper.

I'm not sure what, if anything, this has to do with the wing reversal issue... I just found it intriguing.

 
Thanks for the link.
Man, they must use a ton o' energy to fly that way. They don't seem to attempt to save any, either, with wings constantly going and very brief stops at numerous tiny flowers.

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