Answered By: Connie Britton
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014     Views: 34

I hope you won't be disappointed to learn that the assertion that bumblebees should not be able to fly is really an unverified anecdote that has been disproved. The original assertion was based on faulty assumptions. For a summary of the story and an explanation of why the assumption is incorrect, please see the article below. Further information is contained in an article by J. H. McMasters, "The flight of the bumblebee and related myths of entomological engineering"American Scientist 77:164-169, 1989.http://www.quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/fjournals/wellman/bumblebee.html