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Tue Aug 21, 2018, 10:30 PM

Baffling Viral Video Shows Ants Carrying Flowers to a Dead Bee



(Nicole Webinger)


What weird 'ritual' is this?

JACINTA BOWLER 22 AUG 2018

It looks like something out of a sad fairy tale. Tiny ants are pulling over petals, making a pile, and on top rests a dead bumblebee.

The original video was posted by Minnesota resident Nicole Webinger, but has since been taken down - although there's no shortage of copies proliferating across the internet.

"Saw this outside of my work by the garden. There was a dead bumblebee, and we were watching the ants bring flower petals and leaving them around the bumblebee," she wrote in a post accompanying the video, according to reshareworthy.

"It looked like they were having a funeral for it."



More:
https://www.sciencealert.com/what-is-really-happening-in-this-video-of-ants-giving-a-bee-a-funeral

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Reply Baffling Viral Video Shows Ants Carrying Flowers to a Dead Bee (Original post)
Judi Lynn Aug 2018 OP
KT2000 Aug 2018 #1
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2018 #2
eShirl Aug 2018 #3
eppur_se_muova Aug 2018 #4
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 12:32 AM

1. calling E. O. Wilson

I hope he has seen this.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 01:33 AM

2. Perhaps the flower neutralizes the bee poison? Or preserves the bee for later?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 02:46 AM

3. It's a warning to other bees.

"Don't fck with ants."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 08:34 AM

4. Covering up the smell of the corpse ?

That's what frankincense was used for.

With the coming of a preference for interment over open-air cremation, the frankincense trade all but disappeared.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 09:40 AM

5. the article goes on to say that the bee is probably blocking the entrance to the ant hill...

and the ants can't get in with their petals.

that's asphalt.

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