Bumble bees look like you might be able to pat them. They don't sting unless you really get them fussed up. They are also an industry. It costs more to drive tomatoes from California to Toronto than it does to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse. They used to have men running around these greenhouses with little dusters to pollinate all the tomatoes. Then someone figured out that bumblebees do this faster and better--even than a honey bee. So now bumbles are a crop, produced year round here in Canada and around the world, so they can buzz around greenhouse crops and make things happen.
The bumbles in the photos are free, enjoying the coneflowers in my friends, Maggie and Pete's front garden. They live with the queen in a nest the size of an orange, in some dark little place.
I like bumbles. They are good looking, a little furry, hard working and slow to anger.
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