Wild bees start building their nests from plastic waste

The total pollution of our planet with plastic waste has begun to bear more and more sad results: researchers at the Argentine National Institute have discovered bee nests made entirely of plastic. According to scientists, nature is beginning to adapt to the realities of a changing environment.

The team installed 63 decoy nests in the chicory field. The nests are somewhat reminiscent of ordinary bee hives, inside which are installed long hollow tubes, similar to honeycomb cells. Usually, bees use dirt, leaves, small stones, petals and resin to complete the hives.

During the spring-summer seasons of 2017-2018, scientists monthly checked the nests they had installed in order to determine the activity of the bees. As a result, they found only three inhabited nests, of which two were built from natural materials and gave birth to five healthy bees.

Imagine the surprise of the researchers, who discovered the third nest with three cells, completely made of plastic, in particular, two of thin light blue and one of thick white plastic. In one cell there was a dead larva, in another - a healthy adult, the third turned out to be unfinished.

Scientists believe that in this case we are talking either about the adaptation of bees to new environmental conditions, or about the lack of traditional natural building materials used to build honeycombs. Replacing them with plastic may provide them with an adaptive advantage as yet unknown to science.