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Bublebees can sense flower’s electric field

BumblebeeI wonder if honeybees have a similar ability. Granted, a honeybee doesn’t have as many body hairs as a bumblebee. Fascinating results however.

The scientists took half of the flowers and put 30 volts on them, then filled them with sugar water. The other flowers were filled with a bitter liquid. “And the bees will eventually learn to go to the ones that are charged to 30 volts,” says Sutton.

When they turned off the voltage, the bees lost the ability to differentiate between the flowers and began to forage randomly, showing that the bees really were relying on those electric fields.

For the full story, visit here: Bumblebees’ Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers’ Electric Fields by Nell Greenfieldboyce


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