2021-11-25

Scientists have found that vulture bees, which have evolved, like to eat carrion

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according to the author, entomologists from the University of California Riverside (UCR), the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Columbia University and the American Museum of natural history, Most bees are essentially wasps that have switched to a vegetarian life. But two documented examples of bumblebees feeding on carrion date back to 1758 and 1837, and some species occasionally feed on carrion in addition to foraging for nectar and pollen

Scientists have found that vulture bees, which have evolved, like to eat carrion

in 1902, an entomologist named Filippo Silvestri found the first “vulture bee” when analyzing a group of specimens, although no one called it that, because they didn’t know that the species ate carrion at that time. Silvestri named it trigona HYPOGEA. He also described its nest as used to collect honey and pollen, although later researchers noticed that the lack of pollen was surprising. On the contrary, biochemical analysis showed that there were secretions similar to those after feeding bees in honeybee nests

Scientists have found that vulture bees, which have evolved, like to eat carrion(1)

then, in 1982, entomologist David roubik of the Smithsonian Tropical Institute in Panama reported some surprising findings about the habitat of trigona HYPOGEA. Instead of collecting pollen from flowers, this species ingests the flesh of dead animals, including lizards, monkeys, snakes, fish and birds. A bee that accidentally finds delicious rotten meat will deposit a string of pheromones to call its nest friends. These nest friends usually gather on the body in large numbers within 8 hours

Scientists have found that vulture bees, which have evolved, like to eat carrion(2)

vulture bees often enter the body through their eyes, which is similar to maggots. The body of a large lizard becomes a skeleton in two days, while the bees pull out all the feathers and meat on the head of a dead bird in only eight hours, They turned two frogs into skeletons in six hours. Because they feed on carrion rather than collecting pollen, this species has a unique hind leg, with a sharp reduction in its pollen basket compared with “vegetarian” bees

bees eat meat on site and store a kind of “meat pulp” to bring it back to the hive. Scientists hypothesize that once in the hive, bees convert the slurry into some kind of gland material and store it in wax cans. Another hypothesis put forward in 1996 shows that meat pulp is what is stored in wax cans