You Might Need to Stay Away From Meat-Eating Bees

You Might Need to Stay Away From Meat-Eating Bees
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In the entire world, there are more than 20,000 bee species, but at least one of them has the potential of giving you nightmares. Biting and consuming flesh is also possible for the special species of bees that BGR.com writes about. These flesh-eating bees even feature an extra tooth for helping them to deal with that juicy meat.

The flesh-eating bees are even the only species in the world of the well-known insects that are willing to have food on their menu that is not produced by plants, according to Doug Yanega, who’s an entomologist with UC Riverside.

Bees prefer chicken

Jessica Maccaro, who’s a UCR entomology doctoral student, can be seen below as she’s observing the hungry bees chowing down on chicken meat:

The meat-eating bees live in Costa Rica, and they also possess guts that resemble those of vultures.

Jessica Maccaro explained:

Unlike humans, whose gut changes with every meal, most bee species have retained these same bacteria over roughly 80 million years of evolution.

Even the bacteria present in the gut of the meat-consuming bees is a lot different compared to the one found in normal bees. Scientists found Carnobacterium, among other bacteria, one that’s associated with the digestion of the flesh.

Bees, in general, are amazing creatures. Wwf.org.uk reveals some incredible facts about these insects, and we can mention the following:

  • You can find bees in some surprising locations, such as gravel pits, soft cliffs, sand dunes, shingles, chalk grasslands, quarries, and more.
  • Bees actually have four wings.

Feel free to leave us your own comments on the news about the flesh-eating bees! Would you be afraid of such insects, or do you consider them friends? The comment section is available for everyone to comment!

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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