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Honeybees play follow-the-leaders

Flying high and fast, elite streaker honeybees lead the way to a new hive

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11:07pm, October 2, 2008

She buzzes through the springtime air at breakneck speed, whizzing past slower bees as she makes, forgive me, a beeline to her new home.

She is an Apis mellifera streaker, a honeybee, and researchers just found that her fast flight is what guides her 10,000 hive-mates to new digs.

Her mad dash has finally been caught on film and a report on it is slated to appear in an upcoming Journal of Experimental Biology.

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