Published by DEIA, Sept. 8, 2011
Life is full of small miracles that follow one after another and that, in being an ordinary thing, we disregard them. All the beings that we form this planet’s biomass have carried a series of “improvements” always in terms of our needs for the hoped-for survival. But if all of this seems incredible for us when we talk about human, animal beings, etc… our amazement blows out when the characters of the story are insects that hardly surpass by size half of a human finger.
Without going any further a little while ago I discovered that, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, every year million of Monarch butterflies gather together to pass the winter amassed on the branches and the trunk of some spectacular so-called trees Oyamel. The motive is very simple but at the same time as amazing. In order to protect themselves of the freezing temperatures that the butterflies reign in those places, piled up one over another, they spread their wings skywards as if they were solar collectors reflecting the light of the sun toward their neighbors and sharing the heat. What a fascinating adaptation!
And I remember another incredible strategy that the Asiatic bees carry out when they suffer the attack of the sadly famous Asiatic wasps also. When the bees are attacked they crowd around on top of the wasp and they glue themselves till they reach the 45º C that it’s the temperature in which the Asiatic wasps perish.
What kind of mechanism begins to function in order that as much in the case of the butterflies as in the one of the bees among others, not only evolve the brain of a member of cologne, instead “contagious” the whole cologne and even the species?
Already there have been several attacks of the Asiatic wasps to our beehives. Einstein said that, if the bees extinct one day our land, the world such and as we know it would disappear in no time. We already messed up by bringing the wasp here. Now we can only trust that life obliges again our bees to uncover the key that turns on survival’s secret mechanism.