You may have heard that bumblebees defy physics in order to fly. While that may have been an enigma years ago, it has long been explained by scientists. But what they’ve more recently discovered is how high these black and yellow stubbies can fly. Researchers conducted an experiment where they captured the bumbles and put them in a plexiglass chamber. Slowly they removed more and more air from the chamber, thinning it to resemble that of high altitudes. So, what heights did they achieve? Try higher than Mount Everest. What’s more interesting is how they were able to fly in air so thin. They didn’t beat their wings faster; they swung their wings through a wider arc, flapping them from their nose through towards the tip of their abdomen. It appears that when it comes to bumblebees, it’s definitely aptitude over altitude.