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Sorry, I can’t resist any story that’s about a “hot defensive bee ball.” Popular Science has a report about how Japanese honeybees deal with the Asian giant hornet, their natural predator. The hornets are a lot larger than the bees, so the bees have developed a defensive strategy that works even better than the Ryan Howard Shift (baseball reference). Here’s what the bees do: They swarm the hornet, surrounding it, and move so frenetically that the...
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