National Geographic : 1952 Aug
243 Kodachromes by Paul A. Zahl (enlarged 4 times) A Furry Bumblebee's Long Tongue Probes Deep for the Nectar in a Thistle 4 Like its smaller relative, the honeybee, the Bumblebee gathers summer's sweetness. Unlike its relative, it does not die after stinging but uses its weapon repeatedly. Antennae project stiffly from the head. 4+ Velvety black and yellow bumblebee fur has a deep pile. Carrying pollen grains caught on the hairs from male to female flowers, the bee helps propagate many farm crops. This bee is the only insect which pollinates some types of red clover. Others have tongues too short to reach the nectar, and so are not attracted to deep flowers where they would pick up pollen.