Scientists have observed a new behavior in honeybees this spring that has not been observed in honeybees before this year. The warmer temperatures have caused pollinators, which include honeybees, to wake up earlier in the spring from hibernation. The flowers though are not affected by this warmer climate and continue to produce flowers and bloom at the same time as they do every year. So, honeybees have come into a problem that there is no pollen for them, which means that there is no food for them to eat.
Of course, honeybees are not the only ones that benefit from this relationship between the flower and the honeybee. The flowering plant benefits because the honeybee get pollen all over its body and flies to other flowers where some of the pollen is rubbed of allowing the flowering plant to reproduce. This symbiotic relationship is important for both the honeybee and the flowering plant.
Honeybees have started making little holes in the flowering plants’ leaves. This has caused flowering plants to start blooming one full month earlier than normal. Scientists have observed the worker honeybees using their mouths to cut little holes in the plants leaves causing the plants to bloom a full month earlier than they normally bloom.
Scientists are now interested in discovering the reason as to why the plants bloom a full month earlier when the honeybee makes the little holes in the plants leaves. This could be a major breakthrough for botanists and horticulturists. Scientists have tried to replicate the holes in plants to see if they could mimic the honeybee’s technique and make the flowers bloom earlier, but they have not figured out how the honeybee is able to do it.