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Gray
107465.  Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:43 pm Reply with quote

The great thing is that all you have to do to disprove that theory is to look at a bumble-bee. Job done.

 
smiley_face
107512.  Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:01 pm Reply with quote

Yes. My deductive reasoning appears to have gone right out the window lately!

 
dr.bob
107645.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:45 am Reply with quote

Sadly a lot of people have heard the rumour about scientific analyses "proving" that a bee can't fly, whilst rather fewer have heard that advanced aerodynamics has proved that it is not only possible for a bee to fly but that its wing beats are remarkably efficient for the size of wing.

I say "sadly" because this is often used in a "aren't scientists stupid they don't know anything let's all take homeopathic remedies instead" kind of argument.

It fair does my 'ead in.

 
Cleverina Clogs
107692.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:19 am Reply with quote

Bees flying or not they do make lots of lovely honey for my toast and the propolis makes lovely gel to use as a skincare treatment.

PS. A bee is not an animal, so shouldn't we have an insect (or whatever it is) forum?

 
Gray
107695.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:24 am Reply with quote

It is an animal. You're getting muddled up with 'mammal'.

Animals - Plants - Bacteria (roughly) - Fungi

Those are the four kingdoms.

 
grizzly
107696.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:25 am Reply with quote

Cleverina Clogs wrote:
PS. A bee is not an animal, so shouldn't we have an insect (or whatever it is) forum?


Insects are animals:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

 
cabs
107714.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:45 am Reply with quote

Gray wrote:
It is an animal. You're getting muddled up with 'mammal'.

Animals - Plants - Bacteria (roughly) - Fungi

Those are the four kingdoms.


Actually six is quite common now:

Animalia - Vegetabilia - Fungi - Protista - Archaebacteria - Eubacteria

Protista are those Eurkaryotes (organisms with / being cells with nucleii) which are not Animals, Plants or Fungi. These are theefore not bacteria, which have no nucleus in their cells (prokaryotes)

The two bacterial varieties are often called just Archaea and Bacteria and represent a very early evolutionary parting of the ways amongst the prokaryotes.

 
Gray
107880.  Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:50 am Reply with quote

I know, I know - I just thought that mentioning those wouldn't help clarify that particular mistake.

'Roughly' is a very useful word. :-)

 
Cleverina Clogs
108578.  Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:37 am Reply with quote

Insects are animals! Do they know this?

 
Hans Mof
131436.  Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:20 am Reply with quote

Some bits of General Ignorance on other species in the family of Apidae:

Bees sting and die. Wrong.

Only the workers of the different species of honey bees have barbed stings which detach when embeded in fleshy tissue. The sting can also penetrate the flexible exoskeletal joints of other insects but the sting (and associated venom sac) will not pull free. It is therefore presumed that the stinger apparatus evolved in response to predation by vertebrates. Defense against intruding insects, such as predatory wasps, is performed by surrounding the intruder with a mass of defending bees who vibrate their musclews so vigorously that it raises the body temperature of the intruder to a lethal level.

Some bees don‘t sting but bite.


Only queens lay eggs. Wrong.

Studies at Sheffield University and the ‘Katholieke Universiteit Leuven‘ (Netherlands) show that workers of bees and wasps do lay eggs but theses eggs are ‘stolen‘ by the queen or other workers. German wasps have the most rigid regime. The ‘egg patrol‘ finds and destroys all illegal eggs. Workers are so discouraged by this that only two percent of them try for clandestine motherhood.


sources: wikipedia.org; quest magazine (nl)

 
samivel
131470.  Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:58 am Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:
German wasps have the most rigid regime.



What a coincidence.

:)

 
Tas
131474.  Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:10 am Reply with quote

German Vasps, surely?

:-)

Tas

 
Mr Grue
167200.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:57 am Reply with quote

Bees kill with a heat ray? Fantastic!

Myths and erroneous factoids often live or die by their agendas, and sadly the "aren't scientists foolish" is quite a popular one.

 
Tas
167203.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:22 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Bees kill with a heat ray? Fantastic!


You must have seen the 50s B-Movie...!

:-)

Tas

 
ReX
229511.  Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:15 am Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:
Some bits of General Ignorance ...

Studies at Sheffield University and the ‘Katholieke Universiteit Leuven‘ (Netherlands) show that


Even though the KUL is dutch (just like the Netherlands) it is located in Belgium. A country which is south of the border.

 

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