A swarm of bees (representative picture).
According to a new study, bees scream when attacked by a giant « murder ». Hornets. This new defense mechanism was revealed in a study published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science. According to the research, the bees are making a « rousing call for collective defense ». against the hornets
Do you believe a new study, bees scream when they are attacked by a huge « murder »? Hornets.
This new defense mechanism was revealed in a study published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
If left unchecked, the giant Asian hornets can completely destroy a honey beehive in hours. In what scientists call a « slaughter phase, » they feed on larvae and decapitate bees. The hornets later also feed severed body parts to their young.
According to research, the bees make a “rallying call for collective defense”. against the hornets.
The previously undiscovered signal is now known as the « anti-predator whistle », shares acoustic properties with alarm screams, screams of fear and panic calls from primates, birds and meerkats, « said the study.
The bees make the sound by vibrating their wings or rib cage. It also lifts her abdomen, exposing a gland to release a pheromone.
Heather Mattila, a co-author of the study, told Gizmodo, “It’s alarming to hear this. It is characterized by rapid bursts of high pitched notes, the frequency of which changes unpredictably. they are pretty tough and loud.
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