Bee Hives: Nature's Architectural Wonder

Stingless Bee

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A stingless bee -- sounds too good to be true, right? These tiny bees live in tropical parts of the world and build hives insides trees or other cavities. This strange funnel is the entrance to one home.

But just because they won't sting you doesn't mean they can't defend themselves: They can bite, and they also secrete a sticky, burning substance to fight enemies. (Some stingless bees have even been caught mummifying small beetles and other intruders.)

Photo via catherineames.com

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