Could human singing make bees produce more honey?

23rd September 2010
Could human singing make bees produce more honey?  (iStock)

Asked by: Owen Griffiths, Swansea

It’s not impossible: many aspects of bee communication are still unknown. Bees both produce and detect various sounds within the human range. These help them communicate with each other and warn off other animals.

However, bees are attuned to subtle sounds and vibrations from other bees. Any human racket interfering with this would probably confuse rather than help. But certain noises can calm hives, and it’s just possible that singing certain sounds could help disturbed hives get back to normal honey production.

 


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