SpineOut : August - September 2016
Cover Story For a bu s y s oc ial bee ,t heh iv edepend s on t he i r s cou ts' a b ilit y t o s h a rewhere t he f ood is w it h t he i rh iv em at e s. Some t h i nk t h isi n f orm ati on iss h a redbym a rk i ng a t r ail w it h a rom ati c fl owero ils ore v enby fl y i ngp a r t o ft hew a y t o t he f ood . Hum a n s h av ebeen i n t r i guedby t hed a nce t h at honeybee s do t o t e llt he i rm at e s how t o fi nd f ood , w at er , re si n a ndnewne st sit e s. Onegroupo fs c i en tists k i dn a pped s cou ti ngbee sa nd t hen l e tt hemgo i n a no t herp la ce , oppo sit e f romwhere t heywere t o t he i rh iv e . They sta r t edou tfl y i ng t hewrongw a ybu ts oon t urned t o fl yb a ck t o t heh iv e . No - one is re all y s urehow t heyknow i n sti nc tiv e l ywhere t he i rh iv e is comp a red t owhere t hey a re . The Bee Line Bee populations are declining around the world. Around70%ofthefoodweeatreliesonbeesforpollination.Thatmeansnobees,nous! No-one is exactly sure why the population is in trouble. But the finger is pointing strongly at pesticides and insecticides. Beesarehuntedbywo l vesanddragons.Atypeofwaspca ll edthebeewo l fhuntsdownbeesand l ays i tseggs i ns i dethecapturedprey.Dragonf li esarea l sosk il fu l huntersofbees.Somebeesbuildnests,liketheleafcutterbee,whichcangrowuptofourcentimetresandbuildsahomeoutofleaves,asitsnamesuggests.Somebeesalsouseanimalhairandfibrestobuildtheirnests. Some bees travel up to three kilometres from home to find pollen. Bees are super clever as they can remember patterns of colours that would likely lead to food. They also have a highly honed sense of smell.
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