Hannah Rosefield

Bee-Listers

A Sting in the Tale

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In 1884, 282 hibernating bumblebees travelled on a ship from London to New Zealand. Only 48 survived the journey. Those were the first bumblebees to take flight in the country. They had been shipped over at the request of British settlers, who needed British insects to pollinate the red clover imported from their homeland. Nearly 130 years later, bumblebees thrive in New Zealand. 

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