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2020-05-08 8:53:56 PM  
I've got hot defensive bee balls
She's got hot defensive bee balls
and we've got hot defensive bee balls
 
2020-05-08 9:01:09 PM  
Bee is stored in the balls.
 
2020-05-08 9:43:04 PM  
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2020-05-08 9:59:12 PM  
Rush the shooter.
 
2020-05-08 10:12:09 PM  
I just saw that in this video earlier today:

MURDER HORNET MADNESS! - 10 Things You NEED to know!
Youtube pFmtmO2cnlg
 
2020-05-09 2:03:59 AM  
I assume this was about how Asian honeybees have adapted to overheat the giant hornets? I couldn't read the article because tracking cookies or something. Did it say anything about European honeybees figuring out this defense as well?
 
2020-05-09 2:10:26 AM  
Hero bees.
 
2020-05-09 4:30:15 AM  
30 Japanese Giant Hornets kill 30,000 Honey Bees
Youtube EZ1eAM8CChc
 
2020-05-09 4:31:19 AM  
Hornet cooked by bees
Youtube K6m40W1s0Wc
 
2020-05-09 6:30:53 AM  
I am disappointed that the scientist cannot even think that the bees have altruism, or love for their family, or feelings of paternalism over younger bees, or even a feeling of responsibility for their architecture and art of a hive. Instead he chooses "possible disinhibiting brain damage" to explain how they are willing to join a second ball and die extremely young. Furthermore, he doesn't suggest that bees who feel young might do it out of affection for the older bees that protected them as larvae and fed and sheltered them.

How about this: Drones don't have sex to reproduce, so surviving a bee ball doesn't make the genes more likely to be carried on. So the queen and king create drones with the bee ball capability, and it has nothing to do with choices made by the drones themselves?

Nope, there must be a circuit in their brains that make them avoid joining bee balls. Nevermind the reduction ad absurdum that such a circuit would mean they don't form the ball in the first place.
 
2020-05-09 6:33:24 AM  
Oh, what I totally LOVE about this, is that bees understand the Sun, and they understand how to generate heat with their bodies, and they understand how to build buildings to promote convection. So, bees must be able to imagine controlling fire. They might even think of themselves as cousins of the Sun. They can preconceive temperature variations and plan to control them. This ball ability is one of the effects they can talk to each other about and carry out. Bees use heat the way humans use fire and that is farking rad.
 
2020-05-09 11:54:29 AM  
Once they figure out how to forge metal, we're all f*cked.
 
2020-05-09 1:55:26 PM  
These Asian Giant Hornets were discovered in Washington state in December 2019.  The European honey bees that are most common in the US don't have any defense against them.  The Asian Giant Hornets (also called Murder Hornets) can kill an entire bee colony in a matter of hours.

They're trying to track and eradicate them this spring before they get out of control.

The NY Times podcast called The Daily did a whole segment on it on the Friday 5/8 episode.  It was very interesting.
 
2020-05-09 3:40:38 PM  
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/bee the ball
 
2020-05-09 4:36:45 PM  

BolloxReader: I assume this was about how Asian honeybees have adapted to overheat the giant hornets? I couldn't read the article because tracking cookies or something. Did it say anything about European honeybees figuring out this defense as well?


you keep talking like cookies are bad.  You're wrong, cookies are delicious
 
2020-05-09 6:22:28 PM  
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