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Bees are using plastic for hive building


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#1    seeder

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:07 PM

Well, heres a good example of bees adapting to the environment...


Urban bees are using PLASTIC to build hives - and it could stop parasites from infecting their nests

    * Researchers from Guelph University studied bee nest boxes in Toronto
    * They discovered mysterious 'goo' in the nests of two leafcutter species
    * Analysis found this substance was a type of plastic sealant
    * Evidence of small pieces of plastic bags were also found in other nests
    * In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites
    * Study claims the plastic could actually make the nests more secure


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

Bees are amazing critters, thanks for sharing seeder :)

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

Some comedian I don't remember the name of said long ago that the reason the Earth created us was because it needed us to produce plastic for its own use.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:51 PM

Wow, that's astounding. :yes: I always knew them bees were smart in their ways.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:27 PM

View PostAZDZ, on 13 February 2014 - 09:31 PM, said:

Some comedian I don't remember the name of said long ago that the reason the Earth created us was because it needed us to produce plastic for its own use.

George Carlin.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:43 PM

Theres possibly a safety issue here for honey bees that eat plastics

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:59 PM

Don't honey bees eat honey?


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:14 PM

View Postaquatus1, on 16 February 2014 - 01:59 PM, said:

Don't honey bees eat honey?
Yes, honey bees eat honey, but he bees in the OP article are not honey bees.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:03 PM

Bullseye, Buzzkill!

It's still as funny, and relevant, as the day he wrote it.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:56 PM

View Postaquatus1, on 16 February 2014 - 01:59 PM, said:

Don't honey bees eat honey?

yes honey bees  eat honey not plastic,( they also eat pollen and in some cases depending on the species  even meat. )  but they don't have hands and use their mouths to build their hives... honey bees usually use wax that is secreated from glands on their backs,while boring bees actually use their mouths to drill holes in rotten wood.   if they've found a way to adapt plastic to a building material  more power to them. and if they can get rid of the mites that are killing them even better
    they sure look like honey bees  but from the article I think that they are related closer to a mason bee or wood boring bee than a honey bee

Edited by mysticwerewolf, 17 February 2014 - 05:04 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:05 PM

yes I had bee hives for twenty years in the 70s 80s and early 90s





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