The Buzz on Bees

October 22, 2015

The Buzz on Bees

It’s official. Honey bees overwhelmingly prefer caffeinated nectar to non-caffeinated nectar (Science Daily, Oct. 15, 2015). Researchers have discovered that bees forage more at caffeinated feeder sites, and they return again and again – even after the site runs dry, and even when there are abundant non-caffeinated feeder sites nearby. Previous studies have shown that caffeine-sated bees are “better at learning and remembering particular scents”. While that might be good for the bees, it’s not necessarily good for the environment, as the bees’ penchant for caffeinated nectar – which is less sweet than non-caffeinated nectar – may trigger a reduction in honey production.

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