Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Big Bees still work?

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Mr. DeAngelis,

If a japanese honey bee was the size of a human (Let's say, 5'5" lengthwise), would it still be able to fly? Also, how much heat would that bee produce?

Thanks,
Ultraviolet B. K.

Answer
UV,

Insects are limited to a relatively small size because they have no internal respiratory system. Air and oxygen must diffuse to internal organs through small opening in the thorax (no lungs). Therefore a human-size honey bee would not be able to breathe let alone fly.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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