Bee Electricity, Part Two

A while back I posted an article about bees sensing the electrical fields of flower petals. Now something even more interesting has come to light:

Bees Buzz Each Other, but Not the Way You Think

Beyond the mechanism of electrical fields affecting honeybee antennae, the article suggests that electrical fields may be the solution to the longstanding mystery regarding the way honeybees sense each other’s waggle dances in a dark, crowded hive. I can’t help trying to imagine what this sense must “feel” like for the bees. Is it a kind of sight?

Pesticides and Bee Die-Offs

This article explains the bee die-off situation better than most:

Without honeybees, we may cease to be

It’s sad and maddening that the EPA is doing so little to remedy a problem that threatens our very food supply just to begin with.

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Caffeinated Nectar

Recently I posted an article about bees detecting electrical charges on flower petals. Here is something else that goes on:

Plants Use Caffeine to Lure Bees, Again and Again, Scientists Find

Electric Flowers, Hairy Honeybees

When watching bees buzz and bumble around a flowerbed, I’ve often wondered why they pass up some flowers while going straight for the nectar of others. It seems random. I think to myself, “they don’t get close enough to the middle of the flower to know if there is any nectar remaining, do they?” The following study might explain it:

Bees and flowers communicate using electrical fields, researchers discover