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Bees Smother Enemies to Death

BeesHoney bees can smother their enemies to death by swarming them, researchers report.

An intruding hornet looking for a snack in a beehive of Cyprian honey bees may suddenly find itself enveloped inside a buzzing ball of black-and-yellow worker drones.

The bees squeeze in tightly around the abdomen, where hornets breath, until the would-be aggressor dies of suffocation.

The average time for smothering a hornet is 57.8 minutes.

The discovery means that bees have three ways of dispatching their enemies: by stinging, which for a bee means suicide; by raising the other creature's body temperature, or thermo-balling; and by asphyxiation.

Source: ABC
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