Writer, zoologist and gundog enthusiast, Pippa blogs on life in the countryside

Bumble bees and teenagers

I read a delightful article on the BBC news app this morning.  It seems that young male bumblebees have much in common with the human teenage male.

Apparently they head for the hills where they hang around in gangs,  drinking heavily.    And in between drinking they go looking for mates.    This behaviour is charmingly named “hilltopping”.

Professor Goulson notes that no observation has been made of females showing any interest in these gatherings,  and that male bumblebees are essentially lazy.   It all sounds very familiar.

I suppose we can comfort ourselves with the  thought that at least our teenagers get to grow up.

You can follow this link to read the full article

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