This Is Not A Bee

Released Wednesday, 31st May 2017
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Thanks to Dollar Shave Club for sponsoring this video. Get your first month of the Executive Razor with Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter for only $5 at It can be hard to distinguish bees from all the other insects out there that look like bees. Thanks also to our supporters on ___________________________________________ If you want to learn more about this topic, start your googling here: Mullerian mimicry: a type of mimicry in which two or more animals with defenses develop similar appearances as a shared protective device Batesian mimicry: a type of mimicry in which an animal with no defenses is protected by its resemblance to an animal capable of defense ___________________________________________ Credits (and Twitter handles): Script Writer: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida) Script Editor: Alex Reich (@alexhreich) Video Illustrator: Ever Salazar (@eversalazar) Video Director: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida) Video Narrator: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida) With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Emily Elert, Peter Reich, David Goldenberg Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder: _________________________________________ Like our videos? Subscribe to MinuteEarth on YouTube: Support us on Patreon: Also, say hello on: Facebook: Twitter: And find us on itunes: ___________________________________________ If you liked this week’s video, we think you might also like: A collection of "bees" that aren't bees: ___________________________________________ References: Brower J.V.Z. & Brower L.P., (1965). Experimental studies of mimicry. 8. Further investigations of honeybees (Apis mellifera) and their dronefly mimics (Eristalis spp.). American Naturalist 99:173–187. Dyer, F., Jan 2017, personal communication. Franks, D. W. and Noble, J., (2002). The origins of mimicry rings. Standish, R. K., Bedau, M. A. and Abbass, H. A.(eds.) In Artificial Life VIII: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press., pp. 186-191. Pasteur, G., (1982). A classificatory review of mimicry systems. Annual Review of Ecology & Systematics, 13: 169–199.… Rettenmeyer, C.W., (1970). Insect Mimicry. Annual Review of Entomology 15: 43-74.…. Wilson, J., Jan 2017, personal communication. ___________________________________________ Image Credits: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) - Charles James Sharp… Sugar bag bee - Graham Wise… Agapostemon virescens - Susan Ellis… Amegilla cingulata bee - Chiswick Chap… Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) - Francis C. Franklin… Eumeninae Wasp - Joaquim Alves Gaspar… Sesia apiformis - Gyorgy Csoka… Lunate Blister Beetle - Bernard DUPONT… Plain Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea) caterpillar - Bernard Dupont… Nymph of Green Milkweed Locust (Phymateus viridipes) - Bernard DUPONT… Eristalis tenax - Wilder Kaiser… Yellow Jacket Wasp - Wikimedia user Bombman356…

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