We know that vultures eat dead animals and are helpful in cleaning up those rotting remains, but did you know there are also bees that eat carrion? With all the talk of killer bees and murder hornets, here are some bees we can be thankful for!
Vulture bees, as they have been named, have been found to have acid in their guts similar to the stomach acid of other animals that feed on carrion, like vultures and hyenas. While there are only three species of vulture bees that exclusively consume dead meat, there are other bees that will eat both nectar and animal carcasses.
Researchers extracted DNA from different bees’ abdomens – typical vegetarian bees, bees that feed on both meat and pollen, and bees that feed only on meat – and found that vulture bees have a more acidic gut and different types of bacteria than the other bees. God knew that certain bacteria and acid were needed for digesting their unusual meals without getting sick. While researchers claim the vulture bees’ honey is still sweet to eat, I think I’ll stick to the wildflower honey!
According to secularists, these bees have evolved to get their protein only from dead meat. We know that God created these bees to do what they do. From the beginning, He gave them the information needed to feast on carrion. While the bees adapted to eat dead flesh after the fall in the garden, this isn’t due to evolving over 80 million years as suggested by secularists. Without God’s environmental clean-up system, the world would be full of decaying plants and animals, which would lead to more disease. It’s a good reminder to be thankful for the system God has put in place to help keep the world clean.
I’m David Rives, Truly, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God.