Could human singing make bees produce more honey? © iStock

Could human singing make bees produce more honey?

Something by Sting or the Bee-Gees, perhaps.

Asked by: Owen Griffiths, Swansea

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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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