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Representative species
Trigona crassipes, Trigona necrophaga, Trigona hypogea

Vulture bees are a small group of three closely related American stingless bee species in the genus Trigona which feed on rotting meat rather than pollen or nectar. These are the only known bees which do not rely on plant products for food. This unusual behavior was only discovered in 1982, nearly two centuries after the bees were first classified. The three species in this group are:

This is a Vulture Bee. ' They act like bees, have a queen, live in hives, and so on. But they don't get nectar to make honey. Vulture Bees get the meat from dead, rotting animals (hence the "Vulture" part of their names) and they make honey with it. They make Meat Honey – popular memes on the site #royalfamily #politics #this #vulture #bee #they #act #bees #queen #live #hives #but #dont #get #nectar #make #honey #meat #rotting #animals #part #pic

Vulture Bee

Trigona crassipes (Fabricius, 1793)
Trigona necrophaga (Camargo & Roubik, 1991)
Trigona hypogea

  • Trigona hypogea robustior (Schwarz, 1948)
  • Trigona hypogea hypogea (Silvestri, 1902)
  • Vulture bees, much like maggots, usually enter the carcass through the eyes. They will then root around inside gathering the meat suitable for their needs. The vulture bees salivates on the rotting flesh and then sucks it up storing it in its special stomach compartment until it has flown back to the nest. When it returns home, this meat is transferred to another Vulture bee. This bee's job is to mix the animal flesh with a digestive fluid to break it down into an edible substance. This substance is then placed into pot-like containers within the nest until it is time to feed the immature bees.

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