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Thousands of bees in Spain’s Canary Islands can now add “a surviving volcano” to their bucket list. Okay, since they are bees, we’ll add it for them.
An engaging and pleasing report New York Times The story of five bee hives that disappeared after the Sept. 19 eruption (their beekeepers were forced to leave the area) nearly 50 days after the eruption of the Vieza volcano in Cambre, La Palmer on Saturday. In recent weeks, when the beekeeper returns, he finds hives covered in volcanic ash.
Inside the hives, however, the scene was completely different. Beekeepers have found thousands of live bees, some local Canary black bees The species, which was able to survive despite the heat and toxic gases emitted from the volcano, the Times reported. They may even be lucky because they were covered Light and porous ash, Which allows air to pass through the hives.
Although not all bees in La Palma were so lucky. Spanish news agency EFE reported A group of hives near the main cone of Cambre Vieja were completely covered by lava, which killed them.
Antonio Cuesada, an associate beekeeper and spokesman for the Gran Canaria Beekeeping Association, told the outlet that bees were a key part of survival. propolis. Produced by bees, propolis is a sticky substance that is made from resin collected by insects from plants and buds. Often referred to as “bee glue”, propolis is often used to smooth rough surfaces or to seal cracks in hives.
La Palma bees used propolis for the latter. Quesada says they have been able to seal themselves to protect themselves from their hives Volcanic gas, Which can be potentially harmful to humans, animals, plants and property. The bees also thought of food and ate from the honey shop inside their beehive.
“It’s incredible how such a small creature that has existed for thousands of years can maintain that resilience, its ability to survive.” Quesada outlet said.
Although that’s not all they did. Although they had sealed themselves in their mangoes, they made sure that they would leave a small path outside so that they could get out one day.
T.In this story he morally says that bees are the best makers for the end of the world. Considering how things are going, we can learn from them. Cumbre Vieja is still exploding, above all, and scientists No idea When it will stop.