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Bees’ buzz is more powerful for pollination, than for defence or flight


Buzzing by bees during flower pollination is significantly more powerful than that used for defence or flight, according to a new study from experts at the University of Stirling.

The research found that flower buzzing produced forces of more than 50G – five times that experienced by fighter jet pilots – and provides an important insight into the pollination process.

Dr David Pritchard, of the University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences, led the study and believes the findings suggest that bees use specific types of buzzing vibrations for certain tasks. MORE