Despite their stout, clumsy look, bumblebees can fly at an impressive speed of up to 54 km/h. These friendly insects are however often assaulted by parasitic mites, which are to them what ticks are to us. By attaching to the bees’ fuzzy bodies, they soon overload them to the point that they cannot fly anymore and eventually kill them.
If you come across a bumblebee covered in mites, you can help: check out this interesting article which explains a simple way to ridden bumblebees of these nasty arthropods.
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