SCIENTISTS at Sheffield University are all abuzz about new research into what makes the humble honey bee tick.
Their investigations into the bee’s genetic makeup may help to explain why the creatures are so sensitive to environmental changes.
They have found that the bee has a special code embedded in its DNA, which can be easily affected by nutrition and environmental factors.
Scientists believe the finding may be another part of the puzzle to explain how eating royal jelly ensures honey bee larvae turn into queens and not workers.
They hope that their findings will open the door to further study of the interplay between environment, nutrition and how the honey bee develops.
It could reveal why some pesticides contribute to the decline of bee colonies.