The sweet smell of flowers and the perfume of fruit on a summer day may be delightful to humans, but these scents have a much less pleasant side—they can repel bees. Unpleasant odors like garlic, vinegar, and chili powder are off-putting to these important pollinators!
Amidst a summer blooming with fragrant flowers, there is one scent that bees are unwilling to buzz near – the mystery of the off-limits aroma. Why do they shy away from it?
From wafting wafts of flowers to sour plumes of vinegar, bees buzz their way through nose-wrinkling airborne odors. Join us as we investigate what vinegar smells like to our buzzing friends and how they react.
As delicate pollinators, bees rely on their sense of smell to find the nectar they need for honey – but pungent perfumes could be distracting them from their task. Scientists are exploring the effects these scents have on bees, and what it could mean for our environment.