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How long can a bee live without a head?
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Default How long can a bee live without a head? - 05-19-2007, 18:59 | posts: 1,251 | Location: Michigan

I've been messing around with this bee for 3 hours now. It was decapitated before then. It still reacts to anything I do to it. It has no freaking head, yet it can still act like a living object.

I might have a zombie bee on my hands, except cutting off its head won't kill it. IT HAS HAD NO HEAD FOR THREE HOURS... It still crawls around and rubs its legs together. When I put it on a surface with water, it will crawl around for a while until it finds a dry area. If it stops moving and I touch it, the thing will crawl around a bit.

So... wtf?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIyRTLC26RM

Yeah, I edited and uploaded the video

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Default 05-19-2007, 19:02 | posts: 1,347 | Location: England, UK

Don't you have anything better to do? Lmao.

Interesting, I guess, this thread should turn out fun.

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Default 05-19-2007, 19:02 | posts: 1,251 | Location: Michigan

I made videos of the headless bee. Still waiting for it to say "braaainns..."
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 19:13 | posts: 5,988 | Location: Канад

are you on any kinda of drugs atm....
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 19:14 | posts: 1,251 | Location: Michigan

Had some beer, but the bee had none. He is still headless and alive.
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 19:34 | posts: 1,166 | Location: Offline

err 1st rule for messing with possible stinging,biting,etc objects-
poke it with something other than your fingers...
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 20:03 | posts: 11,276 | Location: Finland

If you cut chickens head off, t still can fly... That bee looks like, that it cant fly anymore, how boring. How it reacts if you give some electric shocks? Be careful not to burn that.
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 20:06 | posts: 1,005 | Location: Slovenia

ROFL...some people have too much time on their hands. But whatever turns you on m8.
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 20:35 | posts: 2,103 | Location: South Carolina

Bored mate? It gave me a few laughs though
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 22:52 | posts: 3,808 | Location: In a trashcan

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If you cut chickens head off, t still can fly... That bee looks like, that it cant fly anymore, how boring. How it reacts if you give some electric shocks? Be careful not to burn that.

Chickens don't fly.


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Originally Posted by Crucible
I've been messing around with this bee for 3 hours now. It was decapitated before then. It still reacts to anything I do to it. It has no freaking head, yet it can still act like a living object.

I might have a zombie bee on my hands, except cutting off its head won't kill it. IT HAS HAD NO HEAD FOR THREE HOURS... It still crawls around and rubs its legs together. When I put it on a surface with water, it will crawl around for a while until it finds a dry area. If it stops moving and I touch it, the thing will crawl around a bit.

So... wtf?

EDIT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIyRTLC26RM

Yeah, I edited and uploaded the video

Bees, along with other insects, don't need their heads to survive for short periods of time.
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 22:58 | posts: 3,808 | Location: In a trashcan

Note that, in the video, the bee is really useless, supposing he could fly, it wouldn't be for long, or with any real direction.
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 23:18 | posts: 11,592 | Location: North

Not that much of a mystery. I've seen plenty of beheaded cockroaches, and technically humans live on for ages without their heads. Heard of being "braindead"? Seriously... We only need our head for basic survival. Like breathing, and eating. Breathing can be maintained with a respirator, and feeding can be done through a tube into our stomachs. So, yes... Many of you have seen "headless" humans. Of course, cutting off a human's head would also lead to a massive bloodloss. Which would probably kill a person as well, but again.. theoretically it's possible.

Of course, neither of these points matter to a cockroach, or an insect in general. E.g. a cockroach breathe through their bodies, the brain doesn't control anything. I don't know if that's what your hornet is doing, but I bet it is. Insects don't have blood pressure and stuff like that, so no problem there. And finally, insects don't eat as often as we do, so they can go months without food and yet survive. Thus I conclude, your hornet might very well still be alive in a month. Just don't poke it too often, and keep it cool Clean it every once in a while to prevent infection
   
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Default 05-19-2007, 23:43 | posts: 7,781 | Location: Utopia Planitia, Mars

Eric The Half a Bee
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 00:01 | posts: 2,949 | Location: Texas

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Chickens don't fly.
Not according to the Legend of Zelda series.
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 00:15 | posts: 4,183 | Location: Cambridge, England

That looks like a fairly standard Wasp to me. Not a Hornet.. they eat wasps.
"Common Wasp"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_wasp
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 01:44 | posts: 2,054 | Location: in my own world,they like me here.

snapping turtles are also fun headless, there body will move around for at least 30 minutes after being beheaded. also watch your fingers as the head itself will still snap an react to anything near it, my grandfather showed me this twenty plus years ago while in the process of making turtle soup.(tastes like chicken.)
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 04:37 | posts: 1,406 | Location: U.S.

Humans half almost a second brain threw out there intestines.
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 04:40 | posts: 871

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snapping turtles are also fun headless, there body will move around for at least 30 minutes after being beheaded. also watch your fingers as the head itself will still snap an react to anything near it, my grandfather showed me this twenty plus years ago while in the process of making turtle soup.(tastes like chicken.)
dude...turtle soup...that's nasty.............*about to throw-up*.....

BTW, turtles are awesome, why would you behead one?....
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 06:47 | posts: 973

Because they taste like chicken.
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 07:11 | posts: 2,949 | Location: Texas

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Humans have almost a second brain throughout their intestines.
Fixed.

Also, turtles are indeed awesome, random killing isn't cool but as long as there was a good reason for it then I can see it being justified (I guess).

If it tastes like chicken then just getting an already dead chicken from the store would be a better option than slaying a poor turtle.
   
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Wow... What ever floats your boat.
   
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Default 05-20-2007, 10:03 | posts: 2,451 | Location: Novi Sad, Serbia

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technically humans live on for ages without their heads.
True, true. It's a known scientific fact that most humans live out their entire lives without brains (look around, you'll see many of them in the McDonald's). It has been rumoured that a highly advanced alien race has been removing their brains remotely using straw-sized mini wormholes and replacing it with spam (lovely spaaaaaam, wonderful spaaaam). Apparently, the human race has yet to notice.

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Default 05-20-2007, 10:09 | posts: 156 | Location: Muscat, Oman

Lol
Should try it on other insects


I am wondering how Infested nexus would reponsd to this
   
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Lol
Should try it on other insects


I am wondering how Infested nexus would reponsd to this
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Insects have clumps of ganglia—nerve tissue agglomerations—distributed within each body segment capable of performing the basic nervous functions responsible for reflexes, "so without the brain, the body can still function in terms of very simple reactions," Tipping says. "They could stand, react to touch and move."
   
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