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Busy Bees pg. 2

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    4  The Pretty Colors of Big, Busy Bumble Bees

Bumble bees bring pollen to flowers so that the flowers can produce fruits, vegetables, nuts or other foods. A bumble bee might visit the flowers on a Photo of Bombus appositus taken by Leelan Solter, Illinois National History Survey.tomato plant, for example. When a bumble bee does that, the bee helps make sure there are going to be lots of wonderful tomatoes on the plant.

Scientists who study insects such as bumble bees are known as entomologists (say EN-toe-mall-oh-jists). If you like insects, maybe you will want to be an entomologist some day.

 

Above: A Bombus appositus bee gathering nectar. Photo taken by Leelan Solter, Illinois National History Survey.

Right: Entomologist Jim Cane, who invented the bee ID card.

Photo of entomologist Jim Cane, who invented the bee ID card
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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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