News from the Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter
in Western North Carolina ==
Thursday, October 25, 2012
New Research Suggests Bees Bite!
A new study by researchers from Greek and French universities suggests that bees are able to bite foes that are too small to be stung. The mandibles excrete 2-heptanone during the bite, which acts as a local anaesthetic, which may paralyze the target for up to nine minutes. This might explain bees' ability to "clean" the hive by tossing out predators like varroa mites and wax moths.