Super heroes attract. A superhero has extraordinary powers. Most super heroes do extraordinary good for people.
We are fascinated with them. There is another truth, superheroes are fictional.
But, not all of them. This is about a real superhero, actually many of them. They are called bumblebees.
Our superhero flies, just like most fictional heroes. It is not fast though. Top speeds are about 16 yards per second. (that’s about 32 mph) Most superheros are strong. So are Bumblebees. They can fly because they have powerful thorax muscles they vibrate. The thorax can vibrate a bumblebee’s wings between 130 to more than 200 times-per second-for real.
Contrary to fictional heroes, our superhero does not live alone. Bumblebee colonies grow larger as the summer season progresses. Between 50 and 500 bumblebees may work in unison in the same colony. These superheros accomplish much more than their solo and fictional counterparts.
Ability to be frozen fits in super hero caliber. As a queen bee emerges from a winter of hibernation beneath frozen ground she searches for a suitable nest site. She lays her eggs underground, usually in an abandoned and already fur-lined rodent hole. He first young to hatch are daughters. They feed the colony. They are superheros as well. Female bumblebees carry pollen in baskets called corbicula on their rear legs, another superhero feat. Unlike honeybees, a bumblebee colony only needs enough honey to live through cold summer days when they cannot fly because of rain and cold temperatures. Bumblebees can fly in cooler temperatures and in lower light than other bees-superhero again. Just one additional thing: other insects pollinate, the bumblebee with its muscular thorax can pollinate flowers by buzzing. It is called buzz pollination. The female bumblebee grabs the pollen structure of the flower and buzzes. This dislodges more pollen for the bumblebee-and the flower is pollinated.
Super heroes do extraordinary things. But, they are fictional, and given their powers through the imagination of a human mind. As pollinators, bumblebees do super things in real-time every day of the growing season. They are critical to our human world food supply. Bumblebees however are not the figment of a human mind. They are the creative genius of God. No human mind could develop an insect like the bumblebee. Not only does it possess superhero characteristics, the bumblebee provides a life service to thousands of plants and we humans.