A new study has found that bees, just like humans, may have a craving for caffeine. The study findings, however, shed light not only on bee behavior, but how plants may benefit and may help scientists better understand human memory as well.
Certain plants such as those from the Citrus and Coffea species (grapefruit, orange, lemon and coffee plants) contain caffeine, and the caffeine also laces the plant nectar. Scientists found that bees are more attracted to caffeine-laden nectar. Moreover, scientists found that the caffeine helped the bees remember where those flowers were located. The bees provided these plants with more regular pollination, a benefit which allows the plant to produce more fruits and seeds.
Scientists are studying the bees’ improved long term memory as a result of the caffeine to shed light on human brain function. According to Dr. Julie Mustard, a contributor to the study from Arizona State University, “We can use the honeybee to investigate how caffeine affects our own brains and behaviors.”
While bees have obvious benefits to our environment, they are also a concern when they build their hives on or near your home. If you accidentally disturb a hive and the bees swarm, the stings can be severe enough that you require hospitalization. Bees can cause structural damage to your home, particularly carpenter bees that tunnel into unfinished woodwork. As summer approaches, it is a good time to inspect your home for sign of bees and contact a pest control profession if you see signs of their presence. Pest Defense Solutions can always assist with resolving a bee infestation.Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honeybees, Hornets, Insects & Bugs, New Mexico, Pest Control Companies, Wasps, Yellow Jackets