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Bumblebees Communicate with Flowers Via Electric Fields

via Science World Report

Dominic Clarke and Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol wrote that bumblebees can sense the electric field that surrounds a flower. The new research shows that bumblebees are able to learn to distinguish between fields produced by different floral shapes, or use them to work out whether a flower has been recently visited by other bees.

Flowers are like giant advertising billboards for bees. We have known for a long time that flowers use color and smell to advertise to their pollinators,” PhD student Dominic Clark wrote in the statement.

“More recently though, it is being discovered that flowers take advantage of more and more of their pollinators’ senses to send their messages.”

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