For many years scientists were unable to explain the flight of the bumble bee. It was believed that the large bodies and small wingspan of bees made it impossible. Scientists had many theories but were not able to explain exactly how the non aerodynamic bee was able to fly.
Finally in 2005 with the assistance of high-speed cinematography and mechanical models of the bee’s wings, scientists were able to put this perplexing mystery to rest. As it turns, out the bee flaps its wings an amazing 230 times per second, much faster than smaller insects. Their analysis revealed sufficient lift was generated by unconventional combination of short, choppy wing strokes, a rapid rotation of the wing as it flops over and reverses direction, along with a very fast wing-beat frequency.