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Old 03-31-2019, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Male bees spotted babysitting

So the males can be useful to have hanging around.



https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...ostly-stepdads

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In 78 nests that researchers watched for 90 minutes, an adult male bee stayed in the nest’s entrance, rump outward, while the mom was out foraging. A male rear blocked a menacing ant that researchers put at the entrance in 41 attempted attacks. And in more than half of these attempted invasions, males pushed the ant out of the nest, says behavioral ecologist Michael Mikát of Charles University in Prague.

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When mom buzzes back with food, she scratches against the male’s rump, and he moves to allow her into the nest. Then he goes back to being a dad door, or rather, a stepdad door. In 265 nests sampled, only 29 percent of the babysitting males had fathered even one offspring that they were guarding, Mikát and colleagues report the week of March 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:52 AM   #2
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Amazing information.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:50 PM   #3
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Encouraging that this technological boom we are living through, which often results in pollution of our planet, is also the catalyst of many new scientific discoveries and increased understanding of our world!
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Very cool.

...and, yes, great point, Jack.
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Wow! So we're not all dead-beats after all. I feel vindicated, lol.
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Wow! So we're not all dead-beats after all. I feel vindicated, lol.
Haha ha.

Of course not!
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