Coked-up honeybees are dishonest

Honeybees are known for responding strongly to rewards, with foraging varieties performing a “dace” in response to a particularly good cache of pollen. Cocaine is a drug which lights up the reward centers in the human brain with aplomb. Considering these two factors in concert, a university researcher in Australia applied cocaine to the backs of honey bees to see what would happen.
The result: The affected bees returned to the hive and “danced” with unprecedented enthusiasm, conveying the idea that the pollen was much better than it actually was.
Then again, maybe if bees could talk as well as they can dance they would have simply told their mates, “Dudes! See that really great big tall enormous giant with the Q-tip and no wings? Go check him out, ’cause he’s got some really good shit!”

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  1. #1 by fcc on December 25, 2008 - 1:13 am

    And irrational exuberance was born..

  2. #2 by fcc on December 25, 2008 - 1:13 am

    And irrational exuberance was born..

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