Great article Dick, I feel better knowing my tax dollars are being spent on such profound research. But with all the human subjects that would freely participate in such a study, sounds like cruelty to animals to me. Not to say a loss of honey potential. But then you dont need to do scientific research to figure out that if you pour enough alcohol into any living creature with a nervous system it will end up on its back.
I think it would depend on the race of bees. If they are Itallians you would probably get a lot of loud buzzing and then silence. If they came from Ireland you might be able to see a lot of rebellious activity and feeble attempts to supercede with groups of bees fighting to defend their favorite supercedure cells. Carnolians and Russian bees would just sleep it off and look for more fermented nector when they woke up.
Well, I do know that some species of nepenthes (a carnivorous pitcher plant) secrete a nectar around the peristome of their traps which attracts ants. The ants become intoxicated and are at greater risk for falling into the pitchers. Inside the pitchers is the enzyme-rich digestive fluid which also has a narcotic effect on the insects they catch. So from this I would speculate that insects are susceptible to intoxication, though I don't know that alcohol would have the same effect necessarily.
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