Transferring bee colony& |  Photo Credit: Twitter
A beekeeper was filmed transporting a colony of bees on his arm b carrying the queen in his fist. The shocking video has gone viral across social media platforms.
In the video, the man was seen walking casually as a swarm of bees was stuck on his hand. The video was shot in the Dominican Republic.
When the person recording the video asks him why he doesn’t get stung by the bees, he simply replies, “They know their owner.”
He also asks if the bees produce honey on him. The beekeeper responds, “No, I’m going to put them in a box now.”
The cameraman then says, “And do you have the queen on your hand?” Because they are where their queen is.” To this, the beekeeper answers, “Yes. I have it in my fist.”
Watch the video here:
Warning: The video is not for the faint-hearted.
“Guy transports a bee colony by carrying the queen is his fist; the rest of the bees crowd around where their queen is,” the video is captioned.
The video which was initially shared on TikTok has gone viral on Twitter and Reddit. It has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
While many users said that the video made them anxious, others had a lot of questions.
One user said, “Like, why didn’t they just move the hive? I have SOOOOO many questions!?” To this, another user replied, “They may have been swarming due to a lost hive. They don’t sting while swarming.”
Another user asked, “I don’t get how they can all understand that the queen is inside the fist but it isn’t harmed? Why would they not sting the shit out of this guy as I’m sure they get that he’s got hold of the queen and is taking her somewhere. Or do they view his fist as the queens home and it just happens to be a mobile home?”
The answer is pheromones. “They can smell the queen through and on his fist. If she was in danger, she’d give off a scent that screams ‘HALP AM THREATEN’, but she’s not. She’s probably giving off more a ‘well this is odd, but I am snug and secure atm so…. so her Workers are just ‘we go on advencha!'” someone replied.
Researchers have found that honey bee pheromones represent one of the most advanced ways of communication among social insects.
The Queen mandibular pheromone (QMP), which is emitted by the queen, is considered as one of the most important sets of pheromones in the beehive. The QMP affects social behaviour, maintenance of the hive, swarming (as in this case) and mating behaviour.
Many netizens were curious to see the beekeeper’s hand once he placed the queen bee in her new home.