Honey Bees’ Cooling Strategy: Adapting Flight to Prevent Overheating

New research led by the University of Wyoming reveals honey bees’ ability to adjust flight behavior to prevent overheating in rising temperatures. Conducted by postdoctoral researcher Jordan Glass, the study found that honey bees can carry nectar without risking their lives in temperatures ranging from 77 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The bees modify their wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude to reduce metabolic heat production, avoiding overheating and conserving water. While this adaptation eases concerns about climate impact, researchers stress the need for ongoing monitoring as the world faces warmer and drier conditions.


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