Why male honeybees try to blind their queens
Mnn.com - Wed 11 Sep 01:09 GMT

New research finds a protein in honeybee semen that makes the queen temporarily blind.

  "The male bees want to ensure their genes are among those that get passed on by discouraging the queen from mating with additional males," Boris Baer, the study's lead author, notes in a press release sent to MNN.

  That's the part of every male honeybee that's inserted in the queen and, well, you know … the birds and the bees and all that.

  The thing is, the climax is so forceful, the torrent of semen ruptures the endophallus, leaving the tip inside the queen — and the male bee is presumably in shock over how the date could have gone so terribly wrong.

  (Photo: Seyfettin the queen is a busy bee — which may be why drone semen is such a heady cocktail.

  To test its potency, researchers dosed a group of queens with bee semen.

  What's more, electrodes attached to the brains of queens suggested the bee semen had compromised their sensitivity to light.

  Why male honeybees try to blind their queens New research finds a protein in honeybee semen that makes the queen temporarily blind.