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Beverage Buzz

posted on August 1, 2003

A new high-energy beverage may soon be on the market ... for bees.

To help bolster the pollination prowess ... and provide nourishment when pollen and nectar from flowers aren't readily available ... a smoothie drink has been formulated to provide protein and carbohydrates to honey bees.

An Arizona entomologist developed a powdered formula that should be mixed with corn syrup or other sugary syrups, then pumped into the hives for hungry adult bees to sip.

The new drink is currently being taste-tested by Hymenoptera (hi-men-NOP-ter-ra) in several U.S. locations.


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