Beowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 721 posts, RR: 15 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2009 times:
O.K., for some strange reason I like bumblebees; so don't say anything bad about them.
Wikipedia has an answer to the question.
"A long-held myth of the bumblebee was that, in terms of theoretical aerodynamics, it did not have the capacity (in terms of wing size or beat per second) to achieve flight with the degree of wing loading necessary. This myth became popular after an aerodynamicist in the 1930s stated that a bumblebee was not capable of flight. The statement was based upon an assumption that the bee's wing could be treated as a static aerofoil. However, in reality the bumblebee's flight is characterized by an oscillating wing that shares more characteristics with a helicopter rotor than an aeroplane wing." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumblebee
In other words, the bumblebee can fly but not in the sense of an airplane's aerodynamic; it's more like a helicopter.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 71 Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1966 times:
They may not be able to fly, but they are world-beaters when it comes to jumping.
One of them managed to jump backwards into my neck. I was northbound on a BSA motorcycle going about 80 mph. The bumblebee was either backing southbound or very slowly northbound. In any event, I hit him stinger-first just to the right of my Adam's apple. Most extraordinarly unpleasant.
That was the only time I've ever been stung by a bumblebee. They are very docile, inoffensive critters. They look menacing, but they are okay.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.