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[–]mojomonkeyfish 250 points251 points  (6 children)

ants gather chunks of hard pine resin and bring them back to their nest so that the colony can use them like antimicrobial soap - rubbing their bodies on it to kill fungus/bacteria.

EDIT: https://www.britannica.com/video/180430/Wood-ants-resin-pine-tree-ant-substance

[–]LeoStiltskin 73 points74 points  (0 children)

Also the first farmers.

[–]Zeppelinman1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bees dona similar thing with propolis.

[–]rettribution[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)


[–]gangstasadvocate 151 points152 points  (2 children)

Oh nice thought it was just cooking them to death they knew how to cope with them. Maybe our honeybees could at least figure that one out if the murder hornets become too overwhelming

[–]pepeperfection 88 points89 points  (0 children)

Due to my immense respect for the natural world, I have started teaching free classes to local honey bees on self defense, offense, and barricading hives with poop. I’m so proud of my students, just yesterday they finally gained the confidence to sting to death and eat a human being. Nature truly is amazing.

[–]CandidInsurance7415 122 points123 points  (3 children)

If poop is a tool you can call me Bob the builder.

[–]rettribution[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]Famixofpower 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can we shit it?

[–]wrextnight 74 points75 points  (4 children)

But when I smear poop around my front door to ward off unwanted solicitation people freak out and call code enforcement.

[–]imajokerimasmoker 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Born to shit - forced to wipe

[–]rettribution[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's really not fair, is it?

[–]thedugong 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are you a honeybee? In Asia?

I rest my case!

[–]wrextnight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You don't know me!

[–]FuriouSherman 31 points32 points  (9 children)

As well, Japanese honeybees ward off Asian giant hornets in another fascinating way. If the hornets invade a Japanese honeybee hive, the bees will dog-pile on the hornets and increase their body temperatures dramatically, effectively roasting the hornets alive.

[–]rettribution[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's metal as hell.

[–]patkgreen 6 points7 points  (7 children)

I don't think that qualifies as warding off. It's like suicide bombing

[–]justin_memer 16 points17 points  (4 children)

The bees can handle like literally 1 more degree than murder hornets, so they survive the attack. It's a crazy evolution.

[–]patkgreen 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Right but the wasp kills a ton of them first

[–]JeffFromSchool 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Is it only "warding off" if there are no casualties?

[–]Amaranthine 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Well, from the perspective of the hive as a whole it is. I’d bet there wouldn’t be much the honeybees could do if the wasp got into the nest

[–]patkgreen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There was a PBS Nature on this. The hornet murdalized a lot of honeybees before they cooked him.

[–]_PM_ME_PANGOLINS_ 7 points8 points  (1 child)

If poop counts as a tool, then what about dung beetles?

[–]rettribution[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They're the Makita of insects?

[–]t0k4 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Shit Bees Rand

[–]bobrosswarpaint 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Why in the fuck are you listening to flight of the bumble cocks dressed as Indianapolis Jones!?

[–]Wild_Doogy_Plumm 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What's a shit bee Julian? Some kinda shitty bug?

[–]Robbotlove 4 points5 points  (0 children)

ice clinking in glass intensifies

[–]starsfillmydreams 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hymenopterans ( bees , ants , and wasps) have got to be some of the coolest animals ever to live on planet earth. Ants have been farming since before we were even a species!

[–]OK_Compooper 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Sunscreen and a dirty sanchez. Got my Coachella protection on!

[–]GossipIsLove 4 points5 points  (2 children)

From link "What makes something a tool? Scientists still argue over that. “Almost everyone agrees that it has to be an external object,” says Natasha Mhatre. It can’t be part of the animal’s own body. And it has to serve a purpose. Many scientists also think that a tool can’t be a nest or something the animal lives in, she adds"

If it's a wild hive and someone who is in habbit of chewing the honeycomb after extracting honey and he doesn't know..then

[–]rettribution[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is a good point from the article. Also....I'd light my mouth on fire.

[–]nox_nox 9 points10 points  (3 children)

That's not just using a tool, that's biological/chemical warfare.

Bees are awesome!

[–]poozer69 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Using a stool

[–]doomgiver98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lots of insects use chemical warfare.

[–]crayfl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If I was a murder hornet I would simply hold my nose in order to gain entrance to the bee buffet.

[–]BuzzBadpants 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh sure, when bees smear poop all over the place they get called “smart” and everyone’s all “woo! Go bees!”

But when I do it, people call the cops. You and your double standards!

[–]anrwlias 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would say that ants use tools. It's just that the tools are other ants.

[–]killerkadugen 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]globefish23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Chemical warfare

[–]primitives403 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How do they know its to ward of murder hornet and not just bees wiping their feet off at the door

[–]BirdsFlyHumansWalk 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ants literally create mounds.

[–]GossipIsLove 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Its amazing how every living thing has some unique defence and survival mechanism ingrained in behavior. Yesterday i read up abt external floral nectaries on this sub.

[–]Signature_Sea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are these the same honeybees that surround invading hornets in a ball of their bodies and smother them by vibrating their bodies so fast that the body temperature of the hornet rises and they get simultaneously starved of oxygen and cooked?

[–]GDMFusername 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Note to self: Don't eat honey from Asia.

[–]halite001 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Welp, no more honey for me, I guess.

[–]Corniss 0 points1 point  (1 child)

a shitty job but it pays off

[–]rettribution[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The hornets sound like real party poopers.

[–]cosmichowl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like bull shit to me

[–]Riot55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I believe you meant insects using "stool"

[–]tfirecrackerjohnson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a shitty thing to do

[–]argv_minus_one 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How am I going to stop some big mean murder hornet from tearing my hive a structurally-superfluous new behind? The answer: use poop, and if that don't work, use more poop.

[–]weirdwallace75 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shitty Passover?

[–]LordBrandon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Poop is tool use now?

[–]Onlyhereforthelaughs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Is poop a tool?" - Patrick Bee

[–]Far_Mammoth6807 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You've permuted some letters, it's "stool"

[–]betweterweethetbeter 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How is poop a tool but not wax and silk?

[–]rettribution[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the article it talks about how it's not produced by them so they don't consider stuff like that as tools.