To douse hot hives, honeybee colonies launch water squadrons

New study reveals roles, communication among social insects at time of crisis

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SUPER GULP  When a honeybee colony gets too hot, specialist drinker bees fly off to collect water (one shown tanking up at a pond dotted with duckweed plants). 

Helga R. Heilmann

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