What’s all the Buzz about?

Bumble bees are charismatic creatures that play an important role in our everyday lives. When they are buzzing around and foraging for food, bumble bees pollinate a variety of plants. kick starts the growth of the fruit and vegetables that we eat and is required for many species to  produce seeds that become new plants. Other insects, birds, and mammals also rely on bumble bee pollination to produce their food. Bumble bees are a critical part of the earth’s s and this online Guide to Bumblebees in Cape Breton will show you just how special these small and mighty creatures are.

A bumble bee found foraging on red clover. Source: Hannah Kosick (2020), visit site.

Bumble bee behaviour has a huge impact on terrestrial ecosystems. Dwindling bumblebee populations can cause a chain reaction through the ecosystems. This can result in lower which can make an ecosystem less resilient to change. In a way, when bumble bees are at risk, the entire ecosystem also becomes at risk.

Over the years, have had a negative effect on bumble bees in more ways than one. use, , the introduction of such as s, housing subdivisions, shopping malls, and other commercial and residential land uses have put vulnerable bumble bee populations at risk. Despite these challenges, some species of bumble bees are thriving in these new environments as they have been able to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

In order to protect the bumble bees of Unama’ki (Cape Breton), we need your help! In the next few chapters, you will learn about bumble bee anatomy, life cycles, and the role each bee plays in a colony.

A yellow-banded bumble bee. Source: David McCorquodale (2020), visit site.

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