Do bees go bananas?
Ripe bananas give off isoplentylacetate, the main component of the honeybee alarm pheromone. (I picked up this factoid in Jurgen Tautz’s wonderful book, The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism.) So, in theory, they might be expected to become a bit stroppy in the vicinity of a nicely blackened banana.
Immediately after a thunderstorm I put one at the entrance to a queen-making nuke, but they didn’t seem to care much at all. Not even the dead bee thrown out before the storm.
Has anyone noticed their bees going bananas?
(By coincidence, I see this topic has just been raised today on Bee_L Listserv)
Turlough, Vita’s Beekeeper Blogger