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Some Bumblebees Can Surivive Underwater for Up to a Week

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The discovery of this ability was found by a complete accident. Scientists from Canada’s University of Guelph accidentally submerged hibernating queen common eastern bumblebees in water, only to find they somehow survived. So they ended up running tests, finding that the bees that were submerged in water for up to seven days had similar survival rates to those not submerged. The reason for this is not known but scientists guess the bees could be in diapause. Diapause is a “state of suspended growth and reproduction characterized by reduced oxygen intake” as stated by the scientists. In simple terms the bees are in an energy-saver mode when underwater, or underground.

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