A Caffeine Buzz Helps Bumble Bees Do Their Jobs Better

If you need your morning coffee to perform well at work, you have something important in common with bumble bees.

Researchers led by Sarah Arnold, a senior lecturer of insect behavior and ecology at the University of Greenwich, have provided the first evidence that caffeinated bees are better equipped to find target crops, regardless of whether those targets contain caffeine.

n other words, a little caffeine buzz helped the bees do their everyday jobs more efficiently. Scientists have already shown that these bees will preferentially return to flowers that contain caffeinated nectar, which can improve their memories and boost their efficiency as foragers and pollinators.