publication . Article . 2016

Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) use mechanosensory hairs to detect electric fields

Gregory Sutton; Heather Whitney; Dominic Clarke; Daniel Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: BIO Web of Conferences (issn: 2117-4458, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: EDP Sciences
Bees and flowers have an intricate relationship which benefits both organisms. Plants provide nectar bees, in turn, distribute pollen to fertilize plants. To make pollination work, flowers need a mechanism to incentivize individual bees to visit only a single species of flower. Flowers, like modern advertising agencies, use multiple senses to create a floral ‘brand’ that is easily recognized. Size, smell, colour, touch, and even temperature are used to allow bees to differentiate between flower species. Recently, a new sense has been found that is usable by bees to differentiate flowers, an ‘electric sense’: they can identify flowers based only on the flower’s e...
free text keywords: Science, Q, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Microbiology, QR1-502, Physiology, QP1-981, Zoology, QL1-991, Botany, QK1-989, Pollen, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Bombus terrestris, biology.organism_classification, biology, Pollination, Nectar, Electric sense
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