• Wasps and Hornets

How does a bumble bee fly?

User Avatar

Wiki User

βˆ™ 2011-09-12 21:23:16

Best Answer
AnswerA professor Torkel Weis-Fogh of zoology at Cambridge University in the 1970, showed us how small insects fly. A small insects wings work by causing air to flow over it in such a way that when the air leaves the rearedge of the wingsit moves downwards The resulant eddy produces an upward thrust on the wing. This does not happen quickly, it takes timeto make a good eddy, and the wing has to move a distance a few times its length to get things started. The maximum travel of a wing is roughly its length and very little lift is generated for most of the stroke. Small birds and insects, when they go to take off, they need a lot of lift. They bring there wings together above their back so that they clap, exhausting air from between their wings, when the wings seprate, air is quuckly drawn in to fill the void. Then the wings are flung apartand the lift is immediately caused, because the air is all ready moving in the correct way. This is how a bumble bee, or a wasp, hummingbird, turkey, fly and why you can hear them, these are just examples, you may hear other birds or insects flying yourself. And for the bumble bee...There is an old saying: 'The bumble bee is too heavy to fly, but no-one told the bee'. This was strengthened when early aeronautical engineers calculated the lift from a bumble bee's wings and said it was less than the bee's weight. They had made the mistake of treating the wing as a simple aerofoil.

It was quite a few years before the real truth was found. As the bee flies, the downstrokes of the wing create vortices above the wing. These creates several times more lift than a simple aerofoil, more than enough for the bee to fly.

2011-09-12 21:23:16
This answer is:
User Avatar

Your Answer


Related Questions

How heavy is a bumble bee?

not to heavy to fly.

Is a bumble bee a night or day bug?

Bumble bees fly in daylight. They don't fly in the dark.

What is the speed for the bumble bee?

Both the bumble bee and the honey bee can fly at an average speed of about 15 mph (24 kph). Both the bumble bee and the honey bee can fly to an average speed of 24 kilometres per hour which is 15 miles per hour.

Why do they call a bee a bumble bee?

i think because they hum while they fly

How many feet can a bumble bee fly?

as many as it wishes

Is a honey bee or bumble bee larger?

Bumble bee.

What is a Black and yellow striped big fly?

A bumble bee of course!

How high can a bumble bee fly?

well...they sometimes fly over the Himalaya Mountains when they migrate...

What bug looks like a dragonfly and bumble bee?

what insect look like a dragon fly and a bee

Is a bumble bee a bird?

No, a bumble bee is an insect.

Who is bumble bee in the Simpsons?

Bumble bee is a camaro

Difference between bumble bee and honey bee?

a bumble bee is fuzzy

What is the hink pink for a bashful insect?

Humble bumble...bee? Shy fly.

How is a honey bee different from a bumble bee?

the honey bee makes honey the bumble bee does not

Is bumble bee an insect?

Yes, all insects have six legs and most fly. A bee is definitely an insect.

What type of animal is bumble bee?

A bumble bee is an insect.

What family is a bumble bee?

The bumble fee is in the Apidae family. The order of the bumble bee is Hymenoptera.

What is a bumble bee?

A bumble bee is a large hairy bee that makes a loud humming noise. The Bumble bee lives in small colonies in underground holes.

Which animal cannot fly Bumble Bee Bat Flying Squirrel?

Flying squirrels actually glide not fly

What can kill a bumble bee?

Almost anything can kill a bumble bee.

Where is tuna made from bumble bee?

tuna is not made from bumble bee

What is a bumble bee hummingbird?

it is a hmmingbird that looks like a bumble bee

How do you destroy a bumble bee hive?

You don't destroy a bumble bee hive!

When was Bumble Bee Foods created?

Bumble Bee Foods was created in 1910.

What is the size of a bumble bee?

The size of a bumble bee ranges from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch. A bumble bee is a bee that is covered in an apparent fuzz.