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March 5, 2020

Honeybees trapped on water beat their wings

A honeybee trapped on the water surface will beat its wetted wings to propel forward. The water surface wave pattern accompanies their locomotion.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants DGE 1144469 and CBET 1511414.]

Learn more about this research in the Caltech news story Bees "surf" atop water. (Date image taken: 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 5, 2020)

Credit: Chris Roh, Morteza Gharib, Caltech

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