iD magazine

EARLY RISER

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The honeybees are reluctant to leave the hive when the temperatur­es are still in the 50s, and wasps don’t show up en masse until fruit has ripened. But one of their ilk welcomes the early spring: the bumblebee. Thanks to their hair, which provides a degree of insulation, and the muscles they use to shiver and thereby raise their thorax temperatur­e, bumblebees can fly when the temperatur­e is as low as 50°F. In this way they get the jump on a season of productive pollinatin­g.

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