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Hungry bumblebees fly 'more than a mile' for food

A study has found hungry bumblebees travel more than a mile to find food. Credit: PA Wire

Hungry bumblebees travel more than a mile to find food, a study has found.

Ecologists took samples from more than 3,000 living bees from five different species and mapped how far they travelled from their nest.

The study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, found that while on average the insects would travel between 268 to 553 metres (880 to 1,800 feet), bees living in areas where there were fewer flowers would fly more than two kilometres (1.2 miles).

It is hoped the findings could help improve conditions for the vital pollinators.

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