When you think of a bee you probably think of an insect hard at work growing its nest and pollinating plants. But over 10% of bees are kleptoparasites; bees that don’t build their own nests, but are parasites on other bees. In this episode we learn the fundamentals of this highly-evolved and sophisticated way of living.  To help us understand the twists and turns of kleptoparastism we had one of our listeners, Casey Hale, join us. Casey is Research Technician in the Podeva and McArt Labs in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University.

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6 thoughts on “126 – Casey Hale – Bees that are parasites on other bees

  1. It is thought that the lack of scopa is because they don’t need them anymore. If we reverse engineer this, maybe the lack of scopa was a mutation (a variant) and the hungry bees, attracted by the smell of a food source inside a nesting tunnel, discovered what they needed for themselves and their prodginey. Naturally, that variant gene would propagate.


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