A phenomenon known as “shimmering”, first studied in 2008, is a defensive mechanism employed by an entire bee hive in order to repel wasps, hornets and various onther predators, forcing them to move away.
This video went viral and shows the moment when the hive uses this “defensive wave”, as bees coordinate by turning their abdomens upwards ina beautiful, hypnotic display.
The resulting effect is truly amazing:
To defend against wasps, bees create a defense wave known as shimmering. Participating bees need to respond with perfect timing when it’s their turn to shimmer. It’s unclear why wasps are intimidated by shimmering, pic.twitter.com/wCSGYG0znt
— How Things Work (@Chemistryvid) June 12, 2020