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Are Bees the Addicts of the Animal Kingdom?

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Bees get more than just nectar from the flowers they visit. Sometimes they also get a sip of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol.
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Caffeinated forage tricks honeybees into increasing foraging and recruitment behaviors.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26480843

Nicotine in floral nectar pharmacologically influences bumblebee learning of floral features
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-01980-1

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Host, Editor, Animator
Anna Rothschild

Writer, Illustrator, Camera, Sound
Natasha Ishak

Busy Bees and Summer Waltz c
Music Provided by APM

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Original Footage
WGBH Educational Foundation 2017

Footage from the following video used with permission from Dr. Margaret Couvillon:
http://bit.ly/2r6H9ZZ
-Scientists at feeders: Credit Dr. Hasan Al Toufailia and Mr. Kyle Shackleton
-Bees foraging on flowers: Dr. Roger Schrch

Extreme closeup of several honeybees swarming into pink gum-nut blossom flower to suckle nectar
Pond5/EnlightenedMedia

Almond Tree
Wikimedia Commons/Yves Remedios from London, UK

Cherries 3
Wikimedia Commons/Liridon

Disco Ball 1
Wikimedia Commons/PJ

Fiori e frutti di avocado
Wikimedia Commons/Petar43

Gross SFX

Cockroaches
Freesound/StateAardvark
(used with permission from author)

Squeak Pack/squeak_10
Freesound/Corsica_S

Male drinking slurping aaaaaaaaaaah small belch
Freesound/Anton

Bee Flying
Freesond/soundmary

Produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios

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