Bees and flow­ers com­mu­ni­cate via elec­tric sig­nals

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We’ve known for a long time that bees are at­tracted to the bright colours and sweet smells of flower blooms, but it’s only rel­a­tively re­cently that sci­en­tists have learned of a less ob­vi­ous method that flow­ers use to at­tract the pol­li­nat­ing in­sects: elec­tric­ity.

Flow­ers use elec­tric­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with bees about their nec­tar re­serves, en­abling the in­sects to choose the best plants to feed at. By emit­ting a neg­a­tive charge when bees fly near, the pos­i­tively charged bugs de­tect an elec­tri­cal sig­nal, which ad­ver­tises the flower’s po­ten­tial for food.

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