Bumblebees Making Security Trade-Offs
I have long been enamored with security trade-offs in the natural world:
A 3D video tracking system revealed that although the bees became very accurate at detecting the camouflaged spiders -- they also became increasingly wary.
"When they come in to inspect flowers, they spend a little bit longer hovering in front of them when they know a camouflaged spider is present," said Dr Ings.
With this "trade-off", the bees may lose valuable foraging time -- but they reduce the risk of becoming the crab spider's next meal.
Posted on September 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM • 7 Comments