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You Won't Be Able to Stop Watching These Bees Mating


Animals don't think of mating as an act of intimacy like humans do, but one photographer has incredibly captured the most intimate video of long-horned bees that you'll likely ever see.

Or maybe never be able to unsee, depending on how you look at it.

Regardless, it's an incredible piece of video showing in great detail how these tiny creatures couple up.

"As you can see by the video, it is the males who have extra long antennae," Karla Thompson wrote on Facebook. "While it is pretty common knowledge bees use their antennae to sense the world around them, this video shows something a little extra."

Perhaps more than a little extra.

"During the session the male would use his legs to softly stroke the female's sides," Thompson said. "During actual penetration, the female would throw her legs up and struggle to dislodge the male.

"This is when the male would reach out with his extra long antennae and curl them around the female's antennae rhythmically stroking upward in what seems to be a pacifying gesture."

Thompson's video doesn't come with audio, but if you're so inclined, some Marvin Gaye in the background does pair nicely.



h/t: Mashable

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