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    Honeybees Create Defensive Wave

    UnBEElievable: Swarm of Honey Bees Boast Amazing Defence Technique

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    While the sight of bees, especially in great quantities, could make some people squirm, this swarm of tiny insects will undoubtedly leave you mesmerised.

    ViralVideoUk has posted footage, depicting a honeybee colony tightly packed around a honeycomb. At some point, the bees in the swarm simultaneously begin arching their bellies and quickly flap their wings, thus creating a fantastic ripple effect across the honeycomb. The effect is known as a "Mexican wave" or "shimmering". This is a defence tactic used to scare away predators and other enemies. Honeybees in an open hive resort to this technique to alert unwelcome guests.



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