Dr. Weeks’ Comment: We see that the bees operate within an electrical field. Many of us suspect that colony collapse is related to electromagnetic pollution. Stay tuned to learn more about how this environmental pollutant effects the hard working bees!
Bioelectromagnetics: Bees and Flowers Communicate Using Electrical Fields, Scientists Find
In a recent study from the University of Bristol and published in Science Express, scientists put electromagnetic detectors in flowers’ pollinators to watch the great romance of spring and determine if electrical signals given off by both bee and flower aided in communication. They also watched bee behavior to observe some interesting findings.
What scientists discovered is that flowers tell bees specific information, including how much pollen they have, if another bee has visited them recently, and what type of flower they are. Flowers and bees communicate effectively to aid bees in the work they do.
Researchers at the University of Bristol also discovered that bumblebees can distinguish different types of flowers with more discernment utilizing floral electric fields. While plants are usually negatively charged, bees can build up to a 200-volt charge as they fly through the air. When they land on a flower, this electric charge helps the bee and flower ‘talk’ to one another. This electric relationship is not entirely understood by researchers just yet, as scientists don’t’ know exactly how bees (or flowers) detect electrical fields.
Altogether, these tests suggest that the electrical fields that build up on bees due to their flight or movement are stimuli that could be used in social communication, according to the Proceedings of the Royal Society – Biological Sciences.
It is possible that their antennae pick up an electrical charge and communicate to certain brain centers, not unlike the way human beings communicate (mostly subconsciously) through their own electromagnetic fields. In many cases, Kirlian photography can measure the aura, or electromagnetic field of the body. Meditation is also said to widen and improve the electromagnetic field of the body. Neurobiologists are still trying to figure out how our ‘energy’ body talks to everything around it.
Bees have what are called Johnston’s organs, a special organ located at the base of their antennae, but even when antennae were removed, they could still sense an electric charge from flowers. Is our antennae akin to the pineal gland?
When bees do their ‘waggle’ dance too, they may be communicating more than with just their physical bodies. It’s something to keep in mind the next time you are trying to woo your next mate. Perhaps your bad luck is not just your dancing after all.