Fur coats

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild February -

Bum­ble­bees have the dense, vel­vety hair and large size of cool-cli­mate spe­cial­ists (as a rule, big­ger an­i­mals re­tain body heat longer than small ones). They prob­a­bly evolved in the Hi­malayas about 40 mil­lion years ago, and also thrive in the Arc­tic tun­dra, Rock­ies, Alps and An­des, so our win­ters are a tri­fle. If you spot a bum­ble­bee in Fe­bru­ary, it’s likely to be a white-tailed, Bom­bus lu­co­rum, es­pe­cially in ur­ban areas where it’s warmer. So, keep an eye on win­ter­flow­er­ing Ma­ho­nia, Vibur­num, heather and snow­drops. FIND OUT MORE

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