Black and Yellow

Fact: Bees eat meat.

We think of bees as cute, fuzzy balls which go around sniffing flowers. But it turns out some species of bee have a darker side.

Trigona necrophaga is one such species, and the clue is in the name: they feed on the rotting flesh of animal corpses. Nicknames ‘vulture bees’, they crawl into carcasses through the eyes and collect the soft meat. This is then digested into food suitable for feeding other bees in the hive or their babies.

These bees have completely lost their pollen-collecting structures, and so they have no time for flowers: they are the dammed, and they need flesh.

‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’
Image under creative commons license

 

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