Most of us think of honey bees as having a bucolic, pastoral existence—flying from flower to flower to collect the nectar they then turn into honey. But honey bees live in a world filled with danger in which predators seize them from the sky and wait to ambush them on flowers.
At least 24 species of birds reportedly eat bees. The most obvious come from the "bee-eater" bird family: The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
The European bee-eater, also known as Eurasian or Golden Bee-eater is an incredibly colorful bird with an unmistakable appearance. These bee-eaters tend to be shy and generally avoid humans. However, after rain in particular, they may be found close to human settlements in their search for beehives. Before eating a bee, the European bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It can eat around 250 bees a day.
The European Bee-eaters breed in southern Europe south to northwestern Africa (Morocco east to Libya) and Namibia and South Africa. East to western Russia to central and southwestern Asia (east to Lakes Balkhash and Zaysan in Kazakhstan), south to Afghanistan and Oman. They appear to be expanding their territories into central Europe as far north as Great Britain, Finland and Sweden.
Can you think of an insect predator? Yes, a spider.
Spiders are very good hunters and their sticky webs can often catch a bee. The bee can smell the nectar and pollen offered by the flower and so she lands on the flower. Before she knows what's happening the spider leaps out and grabs her and gives her a poisonous bite. Sadly it's all over for the bee. She's become a spider's meal.
There are different predators in different places. Some wasp species are a nuisance to bees, as are hornets, although the European hornet, takes few bees and mostly hunts around hives that are already weak and less able to defend themselves. Mammals like bears love to eat bees and bee larvae too.
The death of a bee is sad but the good thing is that in nature nothing ever goes to waste and her body will nourish other creatures who are in need of a meal.
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