Bees Electrical Sense Flowers
What do you suppose a flower looks like to a bee?
If the bee is using electricity, this is it. Anne Leonard at the University of Nevada says that bees detect the negative electrical charge surrounding a flower. Furthermore, the bee has positive charge–s0 when it lands on the flower, it picks up the negatively charged pollen grains.
In Science magazine, researchers built a fake flower field to test whether bees decide where to land based on electrical charge. They concluded that “electric field constitutes a floral cue.” I’m sure some readers will wonder why such research gets funded (by the Leverhulme Trust and other British agencies.) But think of the possible applications. If bees can sense electrical fields, why not humans? This may be just what we need to invent the next Toynet.