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July 9 2014

Some Bees Shout 'That Nectar's Ours!'

Imagine you're a bee and you just located a prime nectar source. You want to alert your hivemates, but not attract competitors. What should you do?

Some bees devise a special "whisper" to discretely let bees in their colony know about a food source, but others, new research has shown, "shout" it out loud with a message along the lines of, "This is good nectar and it's all ours or -- watch out!"

In the case of bees, the insects aren't actually shouting, but signalling to each other and outside bees using information-rich pheromone trails.

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