30 Dec '15, 7pm

This headbanging bee pollinates like a rock star

This headbanging bee pollinates like a rock star

Gathering pollen is hard enough when you're part of a colony, like honeybees or bumblebees. Solitary bees have to do all the work themselves, although one species in Australia has used its head to come up with a surprisingly efficient strategy. PHOTO BREAK: 10 insects immortalized in macro photos The blue-banded bee was recently filmed in super slow-motion video by scientists hoping to learn how it pollinates flowers. Their video, embedded above, reveals for the first time that blue-banded bees shake pollen loose with high-speed headbanging. By moving their heads up to 350 times per second, the insects create vibrations that jostle a flower's pollen into the air like salt from a shaker. "We were absolutely surprised," says Sridhar Ravi, an engineering researcher at Australia's RMIT University, in a statement . " We were so buried in the science of it, we never thought abou...

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