Weekly Dose of Woah #32 [July 10, 2019]

honey bee defense wave

Without a doubt, you’ve seen a bee nest. Have you ever seen a honeybee nest, though? Apart from being quite terrifying, they also exhibit something known as “emergent behavior”. This phenomenon is characterized by a grouping of items showing properties not held individually by any single item on its own. Think along the lines of “the sum is greater than its parts”. 

In this case, no single bee can create a “wave”, but a group of them can. And that’s exactly what they do across their nests; they create a “wave” of movement across the whole nest as a defense mechanism utilized against wasps. Known as “shimmering”, bees will thrust their abdomens in an upward direction and shake until their neighbors do the same. This has a ripple effect and creates the spell-binding sight seen below:

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About Nicco Reggente, PhD 154 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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