Caffeine's buzz attracts bees to flowers

Caffeine's buzz attracts bees to flowers

Nectar of some blooms carries the drug, which improves bee memory

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 14:40 PM March 7, 2013

Bees apparently have their own version of Starbucks and may even get hooked on the joe: Honeybees are more likely to remember a flower that laces its nectar with a hit of caffeine, a new study shows.

“This is the first instance to show that something we use as a drug is also a drug ecologically,” says study leader Geraldine Wright, a specialist in the neuroscience of animal behavior at Newcastle University in England. Experiments probing the effects of caffeine on the bees’ brains suggest ...

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