'Whispers' Among Bees Turn into 'Shouts'

July 7, 2014 9:36 PM

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When bees are pollinating and stumble upon a particular lucrative source of nectar or pollen, they "whisper" the good news to their fellow bees to avoid being overheard by "eavesdroppers." But a new study finds that some bee species in Brazil do the opposite, and in fact "shout" as a means of communication.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have found that rather than quietly whispering to one another about a sweet treat, these Brazilian bees shout to warn other competitors listening that they are prepared to fiercely defend their food source.

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