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January 5th, 2010 at 11:31 am

Stingless Bees Mumify Attackers That Can’t Be Stung

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Scientists have discovered that bees use more than their stingers to defeat potential attackers. Apparently, they’re perfectly prepared to mummify enemies who can’t be stung.

 

New Scientist reports that researchers from the Swiss Bee Research Centre in Bern have discovered a species of bee – an Australian stingless bee called Trigona Carbonaria – that has developed a previously unseen way to ward off attackers. The team tested their theory by releasing small hive beetles at the mouth of a beehive, and watched as the following occurred:

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