When A Female Bee Isn’t Even A Bee

When A Female Bee Isn’t Even A Bee

2 Corinthians 1:11
“… you also cooperate on our behalf with prayer, so that many people may give thanks on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.”

Meloid beetles in California’s Mojave Desert depend on solitary bees for their life cycle. However, the beetles have nothing of interest to offer the bees.

Meloid beetle larvae are so tiny that dozens of them can infest the bodies of solitary bees. Riding on the female bee, they are transferred to the solitary bee’s nursery, when the female lays her eggs. There the beetle larvae eat the pollen that the mother has left there for her young. Once they become wingless adults, they need a male bee to lead them to a female so that the next cycle of life can begin. To attract a male bee, large numbers of beetles huddle in a group that looks like a female bee. They will stay in this form for up to 2 weeks, waiting for a male bee to show interest. Researchers have also concluded that, in this position, the beetles also generate the scent of a female bee ready to mate! Once a male bee gets close enough, the tiny beetles leap onto its body. When he mates with a female, the beetles transfer to her body and wait for her to lay eggs.

Obviously, the beetles didn’t devise this cunning strategy themselves. The cooperation they show for their survival was designed and programmed into them by their wise Creator, perhaps to show us the importance of working together, for survival.

Prayer: Lord, help Your people to work together for the good of Your kingdom. Amen.

Notes: Science News, 6/5/00, p. 295, “Ah, my dear, you are … # &! A lot of beetles!”.

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