Bees Seek Caffeine Buzz

Are you like me and millions of other people who find our morning caffeine buzz irresistible?

It turns out that we are not alone. Our friends the honeybees also seek a morning buzz from flowers containing nectar laced with caffeine.

That caffeine boosts bees’ memories causing the buzzed forager bees returning to the hive to dance vigorously and communicate to other bees the precise location of the caffeinated flowers.

It seems that some plants have evolved an ingenious mechanism of using caffeine as a drug to get the upper hand on bees to pollinate their flowers first.

How cool is that?

Loving nature is the solution.

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Earth Dr. Reese Halter is the author of “The Incomparable Honeybee and The Economics of Pollination.”

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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