Study examines the benefits of a bumblebee's flexible wings

03/26/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Bumblebees are able to get a boost in the air from a flexible joint in their wings, allowing them to carry more pollen, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In the study, scientists examined how wing flexibility benefits the insects. They found that without the joint's flexibility, bees were able to carry 8.6% less weight.

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