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BLOG # 115

Grito. Tu gritas. Las abejas también gritan.

BLOG # 115

I Scream. You Scream. Bees Scream, Too.


When threatened by giant hornets, Asian honeybees use their wings to make a noise that sounds like a cry for help.

Bees do not scream with their mouths, but with their bodies. When giant hornets draw near and threaten their colony, Asian honeybees cock their abdomens into the air and run while vibrating their wings. The noise can sound eerily like a human scream.

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers describe the Asian honeybee’s unique acoustic signal, which is called an antipredator pipe. The researchers colloquially refer to it as a “bee scream.”

“It’s like a shriek,” said Hongmei Li-Byarlay, an entomologist at Central State University in Ohio, who was not involved with the new research. Dr. Li-Byarlay added that her colleagues who have observed the sounds before compared the noise to “crying.”

The bees make this sound as their nests are threatened by the Vespa soror hornet, which hunts in packs and can dispatch a bee hive in a matter of hours.


This is the secret life of bees. How much more do we not know about these common creatures?

Esta es la vida secreta de las abejas. ¿Cuánto más no sabemos sobre estas criaturas comunes?

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