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Bee as Mammals

By on April 11, 2014

The White Man’s Fly?

As I said in the previous article; Jurgen Tautz believes that the honeybee colony, or super organism, is not only  equivalent to, but in fact superior to some vertabrate animals. He goes further to argue that the honey bee colony exhibits and could be considered to be if not a mammal then at least mammalian in nature.

Jurgen lists a few distinctly mammalian features which are shared by the honey bee.

  1. Mammals have a very low rate of reproduction as do honey bees.
  2. Female mammals produce mile as nourishment for their offspring as do honeybees from special glands in the form of royal jelly.
  3. The uterus of mammals offers their offspring a special protective environment as do the honeybee in the brood comb in the nest.
  4. Mammals have body temperatures around 36 degrees centigrade and honeybees keep the brood comb at about 35 degrees.
  5. Mammals have large brains and the highest cognitive ability of any of the vertabarates. Honey bees have a high capacity for learning and a cognitive ability greater then some vertabrates.

So it seems the honey bee is not just, “The white man’s fly.” Which is what the indigenous Americans branded them, after the colonist first brought them to North America. Yes it is true. Honeybees are not native to North America. They bee colonies were brought to the American colonies by the British colonials. I’m so easily amused.

Honey bees make their own food – honey. Build there own shelters – hives and control the climate within the hive. They are able to leave the hive and upon their return tell to the rest of the hive where to find nectar, pollen and water. Can cows do this when they get back to the barn? The honeybee is so much more then just, the white man’s fly.

Like they say honeybees are not just, “The white mans flies.”