We understand why bees can fly just fine.
While a common urban legend holds that nobody understands how they fly— and it may seem counterintuitive given their small wing area— studies have been done.
What actually happens is pretty cool. A bee is moving so fast that the effects of the air’s viscosity are compounded. So it’s almost like swimming through honey, which is much more effective per stroke than swimming through air or water would be.
Plus bees make so many wingstrokes per second that their relatively small surface area is unimportant.
— John 2
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