Sweet enough

29 11 2013
A bee on diet?

A bee on diet?

This is not the first time I have seen bees attracted to diet Coke (and its variants). It poses an interesting question; do bees find the same substances sweet that we do? Obviously sucrose is attractive to them and one just has to leave the honey jar open to find out that if there’s a short cut to collecting honey they will take it. But synthetic sweeteners? Do they have the same taste receptors that we do? Or maybe they are smelling the sweetener in this Coke Zero. No it was not the moisture on the outside as I watched this bee go inside the can. I have no idea whether it actually drank the Coke, anyway, the can was empty.

Oh, and I’m open to negotiation should Coca-Cola decide to use this photo for advertising purposes.




One response

9 12 2013
Tim Muyambi


Not sure if you can assist but wondered if you know anyone with good horticultural experience (greenhouse tomatoes and potatoes) that you may have worked with previously and can vouch for that may be looking for a job? Based in the Midlands the job would offer accommodation. If you do please drop me an email at timmo_zimbo@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance

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