Friday, February 22, 2013
Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers
I thought that flowers' use of patterns in the ultraviolet spectrum to attract bees was pretty amazing. Turns out that flowers utilize even crazier means of getting bees' attention!
Flowers are nature's ad men. They'll do anything to attract the attention of the pollinators that help them reproduce. That means spending precious energy on bright pigments, enticing fragrances and dazzling patterns. Now, scientists have found another element that contributes to flowers' brand: their distinct electric field.