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Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees

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As soon as the honeybee colony was installed, it came under attack. Not from varroa mites, pesticides, colony collapse disorder, or any of the many other perils now facing honeybee populations across the world, but from hornets.

[...] In some cases, Arndt and Tautz were able to explain behaviors that beekeepers have long puzzled over. One mystery was why the insects would gnaw at the wood of their boxes without any appreciable effect. Inside the tree, they found, the behavior makes more sense.

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“They scratch all the loose particles from inside the surface of the hollow,” Tautz says.

Not only might this behavior remove potential pathogens, such as fungal buildups, but it also creates a smooth surface onto which other bees can apply a shellac known as propolis.

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“Propolis is a secretion produced by the buds of trees in spring,” Tautz says. “It’s very sticky, but bees collect it because it is antifungal and antibacterial. It’s part of the pharmacy of the forest.”

Other moments were captured for the first time, such as when Arndt photographed a honeybee opening a pheromone-emitting gland in midflight.

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“Nobody has ever shown that before,” Seeley says. He hopes these intimate photos will open people’s eyes to the mostly hidden beauty of wild bees.

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M Monstre

Why are these bees more photogenic than me? :selena: 

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raragaga

that's beautiful!

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Doot

I like bees. 

We need bees. 

Hornets and wasps? They can choke. 

ᴡᴀꜱ ɪᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴏɢᴇʏᴍᴀɴ?
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Dominic
14 minutes ago, Doot said:

I like bees. 

We need bees. 

Hornets and wasps? They can choke. 

We need wasps too :vegas:

The hardest thing in this world is to live in it

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Doot
Just now, Dominic said:

We need wasps too :vegas:

We can choke em a little bit first tho. 

ᴡᴀꜱ ɪᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴏɢᴇʏᴍᴀɴ?
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Dominic
Just now, Doot said:

We can choke em a little bit first tho. 

Sounds like a good compromise 

The hardest thing in this world is to live in it

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PartySick
5 minutes ago, Dominic said:

We need wasps too :vegas:

They're called Florida bees

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Cause they're on meth :gayhat: though we can appreciate them for basically being flying spiders that kill pest insects. They pollinate too, like bees.

F*ck hornets though :huntyga:

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IllusionLover
44 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

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Battle for your life, Beebylon.

"and in the death of her reputation, she felt truly alive" -T.S.
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TSUNAMI

They are so god damn FLUFFY :enigma:

 

I adore B's as much as I love D's. For real, there wouldn't be life on Earth without them :whitney:

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Mark this NSFW, there is a gangbang in that last pic :pole:

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