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Bees and electric fields

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Bees and Electric Fields

Flowers have many ways of attracting bees for the purpose of pollination. Bees are looking for nectar and pollen when they visit plants and flowers, as well as various colors, patterns and shapes. Recently scientists have discovered a new way that flowers attract bees. They can sense the electric fields around flowers. Listen to hear about the natural positive charges of bees, the negative charges of flowers, and how the electric attraction works for pollination to happen.

Life Science Ecosystems Earth and Space Science Reproduction Electricity

Story Length: 3:23

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AIR DATE: 02/22/2013

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