Scientists tracked bees for two years to find out where they go to find sex

Bees pollinate nearly one-third of the words crops, yet we still don’t know exactly how they mate. This information could be critical in helping beekeepers in managing their breeding programs.

The issue is that bees mate in mid-air, possibly up to 50 metres above the ground.

This is why scientists have spent the last two years accumulating data on the flight paths of male honeybees.

In order to track the bees, the scientists attached small pieces of electronic equipment, to their thorax.

Firstly, the scientists noticed that the bees switched between two forms of flight: they used straight, efficient flights between places but switched to loops and circling flight often. The scientists noticed that these actions were clustered in four areas — the honeybees cluster in congregation areas.

The found that the further they flew from the centre, the more strongly they accelerated back toward it.

Why do the honeybees do this?

The most likely explanation is that they are coming together to find a mate, just as other species of animal gather to attract a mate.

Understanding the bees mating behaviour will help beekeepers manage their breeding programs and help breeders to massively increase the amount of bees in the world.

World news! 🌎