This Is Not A Bee

This Is Not A Bee

Hi, this is Kate fom MinuteEarth. Close your eyes…no seriously, close your
eyes, and imagine a bee. Now open your eyes. You probably imagined something with yellow
and black stripes, like a honeybee. But bee-lieve it or not, most bees aren’t
yellow-and-black striped. And what’s even more confusing is that there
are lots of stripey “bees” that are not actually bees. They’re flies, wasps, and even moths, yet
they look so much like our idea of a bee that we’re constantly getting fooled. But we’re not actually the ones they’re
out to bee-devil. Many insects that can defend themselves have
bright patterns that teach predators to keep their distance. Say two hypothetical stinging species have
different warning colorations; a predator must sample lots of individuals of each before
learning that both patterns yield un-happy meals. Yet if the two species look similar, far fewer
of each kind will get chomped before the predator learns to avoid that pattern. So stinging species, like bees and wasps,
often end up converging on a single appearance. Once predators learn that yellow-and-black
striped prey aren’t worth the risk, cheaters creep into the system. Neither flies nor moths have stingers for
defense, but simply looking like an insect that does provides pretty much the same protection. So is that insect a bee or not a bee? If it just stung you, it’s a bee or a wasp. Along with stingers, both have short, elbow-shaped
antennae and four wings – although those can be hard to see; bees are the super-hairy ones,
while wasps are mostly bald. On the non-stinging side, if it has two wings
and looks like it’s wearing giant goggles, it’s a fly. If it has long feathery antennae, it’s probably
a moth. If you can get beyond the fear of getting
stung and begin to appreciate their differences, you may find that beauty is in the eye of
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100 thoughts on “This Is Not A Bee”

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  2. I love bees, they are one of the few insects that i consider cute. But wasps and hornets? Bring the flamethrower!

  3. 0:30 In the pokemon world are Weedles,Kakunas,and Beedrills the ones slowly dying out because a EXP grinding 10 year old wants to make his Charizard level 100?

  4. I imagined a fuzzy little bug tjat extremely cute,drinking from a flower ,covered in pollen heading back to his hive to make hoeney and bread.

  5. Me after watching this video: i wanna sit outside, and relax
    Fly: imma scare this person
    Me: HOLY THATS A BE…. wait its wearing goggles and only has 2 wings, oh its a fly, phew.

  6. I don't need to close my eyes to see a vivid image. Kind of convenient, really. Maybe you guys should do an episode on the mind's eye, and how some can imagine things so vividly they can even hear the crunch of and slightly taste the sweetness of an apple?

  7. Hornets wasps and yellow jackets and killer bees want to end you career if your not careful and if you attack the hive or nest be prepared for stings

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