The shimmering behavior of giant honeybees is a fascinating sight to behold. These bees coordinate their movements by flipping their abdomens upward in waves, which seem to intimidate predators and keep them at bay. A new study has shed some
When bees are shown a dark object that moves against a light background under bright ambient light, they exhibit what is known as the "shimmer response." This is a defense mechanism that is used to scare off predators, such as hornets. The light reflecting off of the bees' bodies makes it appear as if they are moving much faster than they actually
The interesting behavior of some animals to produce loud noises as a way of warning others of their presence is known as acoustic aposematism. This is possibly one way in which a species of animal communicates with another to warn that they are capable of defending themselves,” says
Giant honeybees are known to build their nests in open areas, exposed to the elements. However, in a new study, researchers have found that they will also nest in roof rafters, given the right conditions. The study found that the bees are attracted to contrast. When a black object is moved against a gray background, the bees will shimmer. But if the contrast is flipped, they are not as interested. This finding could be
The striking black and gray color scheme of the Indian house crow may be an adaptation to ward off predators, new research suggests. Sajesh, who goes by his first name, as is common in many parts of southern India, and his colleagues found
The researchers observed that the bees exhibited a shimmering behavior during the dim twilight periods of dawn and dusk. They believe that this is a response meant to be perceived by a predator or other unwelcome visitor, such as a bee from another colony. The researchers think that other defensive behaviors might be at play
The shimmering behaviour of bees has been observed as a response to hornets, but not so much in cases of birds. It is speculated that this is because birds elicit a mass stinging response from bees, whereas hornets do not. This could be because birds appear much larger in the bees' visual field, and therefore the bees may feel that they are more of a threat.
In both hives, the bees stopped producing the shimmering effect when they were presented with the smallest objects. This suggests that there is a minimum size threshold that triggers the ripples.
The bees' shimmering strength did not wane, even when they were repeatedly exposed to the artificial setup. This may be because it's advantageous for them to stay vigilant against predators, like horn
Bees are able to see movement in objects, even when those objects are far away. Researchers believe that bees are able to do this by tracking the objects in their visual field. When an object moves, it leaves a trail of
The researchers are exploring how different types of shapes, colors, and motions might affect bees' ability to navigate. They are conducting experiments with LED screens to change the background colors and patterns, and object shapes. By doing this, they hope to figure