It’s comforting somehow to know that despite all of our human drama and mess Nature is still out there doing her thing. And her latest thing?
Are you ready for this?
Yes, really. Bees that fly the f*ck around doing their thing AT NIGHTTIME!
Meet Reepenia bituberculatav…
Bee very very afra… I mean IMPRESSED
But wait, there’s’ more. It turns out the gorgeous Reepenia bituberculatav has company. She’s not the only nighttime forager on the block. Meroglossa gemmata is another bee night owl too.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research, the two crepuscular bee species have adapted their vision for nighttime excursions. Their spiffy new peepers allow more light to be gathered than those old-school bees who are SOOO yesterday.
And I will give you one guess where these freaks of nature call home.
Yup, you got it. Australia, home to the wackiest weirdest, and wonderful flora and fauna this Earth of ours has to offer.
These two generally stick to the tropical northern part of the country. But according to the researchers, they might not actually be the only species to have adapted to night foraging.
The scientists speculate there may be others flying about at twilight and in the evenings in arid, subtropical, and maybe even temperate conditions around the country. So stay tuned.