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Sex, death, rock 'n' roll: the life of a bee

It's not something you'd hear every day, but this is rock music dedicated to bees.

One of the world's leading bee psychology experts has released an album focused on the weird and wonderful world of the beehive.

Strange Flowers by Professor Lars Chittka and his band, The Killer Bee Queens, features hits such as "I Stung Gwyneth Paltrow," about the star using bee venom in her beauty regime - a practice that can cost a worker bee its life.

And "Spice Girls" - about NASA sending bees into space.

Chittka's research has included proving bees can count, play football, and even recognize faces - which was the inspiration for one of the band's most poignant tracks - the "Beekeepers Dream".

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR LARS CHITTKA, PROFESSOR OF SENSORY & BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY LONDON SAYING:

"The song lyric essentially describes a bee keeper's recurrent nightmare that his bees might not only realize who he is but also that he's the person who keeps stealing from them and then the bees take revenge on him for what he does to them on an annual basis."

Chittka says his approach to his music is deliberately unscientific, because he believes that no other species in the animal kingdom shares their lifecycle.

Declining numbers of wild bees are a global concern, so Chittka says all proceeds of Strange Flowers will go to a conservation charity who are working to protect insects.

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