Australian Blue-Banded Bees are Heavy Metal Fans?
Some very interesting (and amusing) video from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia.
Researchers used high speed video to capture how Australian blue-banded bees pollinate flowers compared to other bees. Turns out they head-butt flowers at around 350 times per second! This head-butt action in turn releases the pollen.
This unique pollination from the blue-banded bee helps pollinate at least 30% of the crops in Australia. Check out the video below:
According to the paper that was published in Arthropod and Plant interactions journal, the Australian blue-banded bee is more efficient at buzz pollination than its north American cousin, the bumblebee.
The important question from all of this: Who did it better?
- Read the study here.
- Learn more about Buzz Pollination here.
- Learn more about the Blue-Banded Bee here.