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London musician Keith John Adams shot (and beautifully narrated) this amateur flick to show his son how a spider catches its prey (in this case, an unfortunate bumblebee). He definitely captured a bit of nature’s brutality, but it wasn’t what he expected!
In the video, a trapped bee thrashes as its captor moves in for the kill. But just in the nick of time, a second bee flies in out of nowhere, felling the spider with a sting! No one knows what became of the spider, but both bees are safe and sound. Unlike honeybees, which die after stinging a target, bumblebees have retractable stingers that can strike over and over again. After this dramatic ordeal, Adams released both bees outside.
Who knew that bumblebees looked out for one another like this? Did the captured bee’s sound or movements summon his savior? This might have been a coincidence, but the odds of that are pretty slim. Adams asks experts to chime in with their opinions, and I’m looking forward to some answers too.
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