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Can bees smell?

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Bees have a sense of smell that they use often in their daily activities. Bees actually rely heavily on their senses of smell for protection.

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Drone bees that guard the nest must use their sense of smell to sniff out intruders. Each hive has its own particular scent, and any bee without a match to this scent is exiled immediately to prevent intruders from harming the queen. The queen herself produces a pheromone that her workers must be able to smell and identify to recognize her as their queen and impregnate her so that the colony can continue to expand.

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