Bees find flowers using static electricity

Scientists from the University of Bristol have studied in detail the process of finding a honey flower by a bee. Before research began, they already knew that, for example, bumblebees reacted to electrical signals emanating from flowers, but this process was not fully understood.

In the course of research, it turned out that bees, like some insects, have tiny hairs that begin to vibrate in response to the electric field of the flower. The fact is that flowers attract the attention of bees not only with their bright color and aroma, but also with static electricity, which affects the nervous system of the bees. At the same time, it is negatively charged in flowers, and positively in bees. Further between them, a charge arises, which passes through the hairs of the bee.

Lead researcher Dr. Gregory Sutton shared his impressions of the observations:

“We were thrilled to see the bees' hairs move in response to the electric field of their chosen flower. This is very reminiscent of how the hair on a person's head stands on end when you bring a balloon to it. "