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Bee rescued from spider's web by another bee

Bumblebee Rescues Other Bee From Spider

No, it's not a BBC Nature Video. It's a short video documenting the fight for survival between a bumble bee and a spider, and it's shot (and beautifully narrated) by London musician Keith John Adams.



In the video, shot to teach his young son a valuable life lesson, Adams was randomly recording a bumble bee that was stuck in a spider's web. As the spider approaches to claim its lunch, something wild happens: suddenly, another bee flies in and stings the spider.

Unlike honeybees who die after using their stinger, bumble bees have retractable stingers that can be used over and over without injury. According to a University of Oklahoma study, bumble bees are social creatures who often reside in larger colonies. So, it's possible that this was an intended rescue, though we can't be certain.

One thing is for sure though ... the BBC needs to hire Adams immediately.

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Sensible June 14 2014 at 7:52 AM

They "Leave No Bee Behind"

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buddyboygabe Sensible June 14 2014 at 9:05 AM

but this administration will, Benghazi!

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Roxanne Mcilvain Sensible June 14 2014 at 12:13 PM

Ahaha!! I actually laughed out loud.

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michaelnel4449 June 14 2014 at 7:29 AM

Wow, nature taking care of each other without the excuse of religion...imagine that?

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alfredschrader June 14 2014 at 8:31 AM

I use spiders in my citrus trees instead of insecticide. I've never seen them take a bee, but they love mosquitos and larve laying moths.

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larrykad alfredschrader June 14 2014 at 1:31 PM

I let spiders..except Black Widows....live in my house. They take care of the fleas and ants. I often have a pile of what looks like dirt but it is all dead ants. I don't mind ants but I do mind them in my house, also they bite.

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wowahomerun larrykad June 14 2014 at 6:03 PM

SO do spiders.

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SAM larrykad June 14 2014 at 8:27 PM

you live in a city dump?

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Annika alfredschrader June 14 2014 at 4:32 PM

I had one in my green beans. I intentionally left the web out there to show my kids how big the spider would get over summer. So they got a lesson on plants and animals.

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skitzlpk June 14 2014 at 10:13 AM

I've rescued so many trapped bees from my pool, I've lost count. When they're close to the side I merely reach down & allow them to crawl on to my hand or allow them in the water direction to flow to my hand. You'd think in that frantic stage where they were drowning & immobile, they might indeed be more aggressive & not understand you were helping them. I've never had a single one sting me & they simply crawl around up your arm manipulating their wings attempting to dry them out to regain the capacity to fly.

Yeah, they're indeed social little things & their colonies are massive. I have also had the unpleasant happening when I unknowingly ran over their hive in the ground with a bush hog & they chased me off my tractor stinging me several times as I high tailed it outta there.

I respect them & they reciprocate as well in our coinciding world..

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mercury1267 June 14 2014 at 9:51 AM

There is nothing unusual about the bee that stung the spider. Bees secrete pheromones when they are in trouble. The pheromones are a chemical distress signal and warning of danger to other bees. The pheromones got on the spider and the other bee homed in on the pheromones.

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wk2hrd June 14 2014 at 11:14 AM

That is beautiful. Used to raise honey bees. They climb on each other's backs and walk in a line when you are moving them from one hive to another.

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dilacarver4christ June 14 2014 at 8:39 AM

I hate spiders! Great end to the story!!!!

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Anne Boleyns Crown dilacarver4christ June 14 2014 at 9:01 AM

You are "4christ" yet you HATE a creature God put here for a purpose? I'm not a fan of spiders, but they do have a purpose on this world.

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ralpmg dilacarver4christ June 14 2014 at 10:57 AM

without spiders we would be overrun by insects

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larry ralpmg June 14 2014 at 4:48 PM

Instead, we are overrun with illegal aliens.

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georgii1 June 14 2014 at 8:05 AM

Neat; often look at those little critters and never think about all the traps waiting for them.

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wclark3350 June 14 2014 at 1:22 PM

Two bees or not two bees?

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rudimario wclark3350 June 14 2014 at 6:04 PM

You beat me to it.

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SAM June 14 2014 at 8:16 PM

Let me give "Michaelne449 " a word or two, there is no way you can out do God with your words. God has always been and always is.

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