July 07, 2015
1 min read

The Doctor Will Sting You Now

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Apparently humans aren't the only health care practitioners in the world. Scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Halle, Germany, have found that one group of honeybees assumes the role of keeping other bees in the hive healthy. When these bees are infected with a parasite, they selectively eat honey with high antibiotic properties to eradicate it. These bees are also responsible for feeding honey to larvae and to other members of the colony. The researchers believe these bees may actually function as the hive's doctors, "prescribing" different types of honey to different bees, depending on their infection.