Honey bees savor sweets, but before they quench their thirst with a sugary solution, they taste it—with their claws. A study released this week in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience finds the insects can taste with sensilla, hairlike structures containing nerves, on their nails. Hundreds of honey bees’ reactions were studied after researchers applied sugary, bitter, and salty substances to their claws. The bees extended their tiny tongues—a sign of being partial to the taste—when their nails came in contact with sugar.
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