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Indian Bumblebees book has released that India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. Indian Bumblebees book is written by entomologist M. S. Saini and co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator.

  • These are 48 species of bumblebees native to India and are the only pollinators of vegetation in high-altitude altitudes of 2,000 - 15,000 feet along the entire Himalayas from Jammu & Kashmir to Nagaland regions.
  • Indian Bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies and the size of it depends on the species. Indian Bumblebees are similar to the honeybees.
  • Bumblebees have yellow, black and reddish body hair and are often striped. It is also known as colony is the queen. She hibernates throughout winter and in spring finds a site for new nest. She then lays her eggs in autumn which will result in the first batch of workers.
  • Indian Bumblebees pollinate fruit trees, vegetables, cash crops and even ornamental and medicinal plants high in the Himalayas.
  • Bumblebees play an important role in the ecosystem and are crucial for pollination at higher altitudes. Thus without them seed setting and fruiting will not take place in many plants.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 7, 2015

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