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Fastest Bee

Bees are responsible for countless good deeds - from making the delicious syrup known as honey, to pollinating lovely flowers; this helpful nature has earnt them the nickname 'nature's boyscouts'.

The speed of a bee has for many years been a hotly contested topic of argument for gardeners.

BBC Gardener's World presenter Geoff Hamilton once claimed to be able to run faster than a bee.

Unfortunately, his claim proved false, and he was stung. Eight years later, Hamilton was a corpse.

Today, science has once again punched nature in the mouth.

Using the very latest in laser technology, scientists have monitored several bee hives to find the fastest bee.

The fastest bee is 121-R9, a name derived from the hive identification and swarm registration number!

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