This is not cool

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Heat-balling wasps by honeybees. Science News has a detailed story about the phenomenon.

Update: Link fixed.

9 Comments

  1. That is cool (heh)

  2. I wonder how long it will take the Foreign bees to develop this ability, a good study for future generations.

  3. Seems like I read about a few years ago.

  4. Seems like I read about This a few years ago.

  5. The heat-balling phenomenon itself is not a new discovery; I also remember hearing about this years ago. The new/publishable stuff is on the differences between the strains of bees and also (if I remember the abstract right) the bees’ ability to calibrate their temperature increase to the right level for killing different types of wasps. 
     
    I was going to verify this second part by clicking the link again, but on a second attempt it takes me to a different abstract. Strange…

  6. I?d like to know the type of DNA changes that lead to such behavioral adaptation.

  7. I don’t get it. The first link seems to be to: 
     
     
    Nuptial feeding of spermless spermatophores in the Hawaiian swordtail cricket, Laupala pacifica (Gryllidae: Triginodiinae) 
     
     
    which seems to have nothing to do with bees.

  8. search in the site “bees heat” 
     
    it gives you several hits. 
     
    http://www.springerlink.com/(5b4x1s5511tv2uagdob20r55)/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=searcharticlesresults,3,26;

  9. Hey, maybe we can make giant bees, then put them on a big cage over Alaska or Africa to change extreme temperatures.  
    Or we can make pets with the same characteristics… or maybe we can have it in our system… 
    Hehehe.

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