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Good vibrations: Watch a bumblebee buzz pollen loose [video]

Though the temptation to swat away the bumblebees of summer is strong, this video from the Smithsonian Channel could have to you staying your hand thanks to the vital role these insects play.

Here, we see buzz pollination at work.

As explained at Treehugger:

Bumblebees are one of the few bees that can do this; certain other insects have the gift as well, but it’s definitely a specialized talent. The insect grabs the tube with its jaws and starts vibrating the pollen-filled goldmine hundreds of times a second.

“It has to hold on, because the vibrations are so strong that otherwise it could come flying off the flower,” says Mario Vallejo-Marín of the University of Stirling in Scotland, who has studied the behavior.

Full story at Treehugger.

Nature at work.

Graphics credit: Canva

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