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Bee drawing by Herman Henstenburg, Netherlands, 1682-1726

This bee is taken from a page of drawings that show eleven different insects. It appears to be a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, named for the light-coloured stripe on the bottom of their bodies. As you can see in the picture, these bees have large bodies compared to their wings. Can you see the little hairs on the body and legs? These little fluffy, stripy insects fly around to find pollen in flowers, helping plants to spread to new places.

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