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Insects News Archive
No, that's not a typo: zombees are invading San Francisco!
That's zombees not zombies!
A parasitic fly is infecting honey bees, making them act oddly… like zombies.
The Phorid fly injects its eggs into a honey bee where they'll eventually hatch into larva and begin to eat their way out of the bee!!
These parasitized bees go crazy and leave their hives at night and fly at lights and do other weird things most normal bees don't do. (Bees never fly at night.)
Thank goodness a scientist at San francisco State University is on the case!!
What's cool is you can help!
If you notice bees by you acting strange, you can help with the science.
Just go HERE and follow the instructions on how to join in on the experiment!
Get out there and science some bees!
Check out the video (above) to see some freaky, infected zombees!
Have you heard of these giant Asian hornets??
They're pretty much exactly how they sound… they're hornets and they're huge. (Also, they're from Asia!)
And they're killing the shiz out of everyone!!*
*(Not actually everyone…)
At least 28 people have died from these bees and hundreds more have been injured in attacks!
The bees will chase people for hundreds of meters and sting them hundreds of times.
Oh, and did we mention the average stinger length of a giant Asian hornet is about a quarter-inch??
Right now, they're said to only be in China, but the fear is they're spreading, especially since some were reported being seen in Illinois last year.
Well, guess we're gonna buy some plate armor and never leave the house! LOLz!
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This is so ahmayzing!! Go science!!
Conservationists in the UK are trying to bring back an extinct species of bumblebee!!
The short-haired bumblebee is being reintroduced into the Kent area.
Several queens have been raised and released into the area in an attempt to start a breeding population.
Since the project started, they've recorded young worker bees in a 2.5 mile area… the first to be seen in 25 years!!
Clearly, the program is working! That's so great!
The whole point of bringing these bees back is to help bring flowering meadows back to the British countryside.
Sounds like a beautiful idea!
Check out the video (above) to see how they're raising and releasing these queens!
We didn't know that this was such a mystery!
Insects have to beat their wings up to 500 times a second to stay aloft! That shiz cray!
Exactly how bees are able to do this, science didn't know… until now!!
Two biophysicists at the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute were studying the difference between insect flight muscles and vertebrate muscles.
The researchers said:
This nation's bees are dying and no one was doing anything to help them…
Until the U.S. government came riding in on a bald eagle, an American flag waving in the wind behind them.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in to make sure warning labels are placed on common neonictinoid pesticides.
Those specific types of pesticides are detrimental to bees and can cause Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
CCD is basically when worker bees just start disappearing from a hive for no reason.
Without a work force, the hive can't survive, and so the colony collapses.
Bees are responsible for pollinating about $30 BILLION worth of crops every year! That's a third of the food we consume!!
We had no idea that bees were THAT integral to our daily lives! This is really a big deal!!
C'mon, government! Let's save those bees!!
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A terrifying scene occurred in Pantego, Texas when thousands upon thousands of killer bees descended on a couple as they were out with their horses.
Luckily the couple was able to escape albeit with two hundred stings a piece between the two of them. Unfortunately their horses were not as lucky!
Ha! That's so funny!!
A tiny, little cutie bumble bee was hanging out with one of his human pals.
The British man, clearly very excited to be hanging out with a bee, was going nuts when the bee started raising his legs, asking for a high five.
So he actually high fived the bee!!
The best part?? He asks the bee for another… and the bee does it again!!
This guy goes crazy for bee high fives! LOLz!
Check out the video (above) to see a bee actually high five a person!