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'Vulture bees' have quit pollen to feed their babies rotting meat — a mystery to scientists

Vulture bees in Costa Rica dining on raw chicken bait.Quinn McFrederick/UCR "Vulture bees" have evolved to eat meat instead of relying on pollen like other bees. Scientists hung raw chicken in Costa Rica and watched vulture bees fill their leg pouches and stomachs with it. They found acid-producing microbes in the bees' guts. Acid helps vultures and hyenas digest carrion. A group of scientists biked around Costa Rica's tropical forests, hanging chunks of raw chicken from the trees, in...
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