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Honeybees are born to work. They don't go to school and get a job assigned after graduation. They rely on their genetics to direct and enable them what to do and when to do it. Born into a cleaning job, they then continually change duties accordingly to what their hormones and genes trigger them to instinctively tackle at different phases of their lives.
After spending the first few weeks of their adult life performing tasks inside the hive, the honeybees will be activated by their hormones to carry out their final phase of work - foraging, the most dangerous and most important job, and they will then compulsively work until they die, typically within 1 to 2 weeks.
In India, many elephants die every year after colliding with fast trains on the railway tracks. The Northeast Division of Indian Railways in Guwahati has implemented a novel way of keeping the elephants off the railway tracks -- by playing the buzzing sound of honey bees.
Basically, a simple device is used to amplify the recorded sound of honeybees that is downloaded from the Internet. Despite their thick skin and size, elephants dread bees and are particularly fearful of being stung on their sensitive trunks. The recorded honeybee buzz is audible to elephants 600 metres away and since they are terrified by the buzzing sound, they will change their path and stay away from the railway tracks.
This initiative has brought down the number of train-elephant accidents and proven to be more effective and cost efficient than other better-known methods, such as the as the chili bomb (a mixture of crushed chiilies and elephant dung) and electric fences.
Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto), the world’s largest bee, after going missing for 38 years, has been rediscovered on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas by a search team of North American and Australian biologists.
Four times larger than a honeybee, the giant bee was first discovered in 1858 on the tropical Indonesian island of Bacan by British explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who described the female bee as “a large, black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag beetle”.
Very little is known about the elusive bee, whose habitat is gravely threatened by the massive deforestation that is going on in Indonesia.