Study also suggests they can spot similarities between patterns of scent and those made with color.
Pollinators don’t just wing it when it comes to finding a sweet treat: the shape, colour, perfume and even electrical charge of flowers are all known to offer clues.
But now researchers say bumblebees also use another floral feature to guide them: how the concentration of a scent varies across the flower’s surface.
“[This study shows that] bees can tell the difference between flowers where the only difference is their spatial arrangement of scent – and that suggests they could use that information to make their foraging more efficient,” said Dr David Lawson, co-author of the research from the University of Bristol.
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