Drunken bees? In Australia it happens
Who never went out with a friend who had to be carried after the party so drunk that he throws the first stone. Drinking too much on occasion is quite a common scene among humans, but the famous "falling drunk" is not unique to our species.
In the Australian capital, bees were caught drunk next to parliament and the chief beekeeper - believe me, there is even a chief beekeeper there - Comarc Farrell posted Twitter explanations of what drove the australian bees looking drunk : they really were.
According to Farrell, the bees were drunk with fermented flower nectar, which is due to the Australian climate that warms early in the summer. "As time warms up, the nectar of some Australian flowers ferment, " he said on Twitter.
A few sharp-eyed folk walking have noticed dead & stumbling #bees on the paths around @Aust_Parliament and have asked what is going on. The answer is alcohol!- Cormac Farrell (@ jagungal1) October 10, 2019
As the weather heats up, the nectar in some Australian flowers will ferment, making the foragers drunk. pic.twitter.com/Add2OAdjPu
Although it seems just unusual and funny, the drunkenness of bees can harm each individual and the hive as a whole. Bees that fly drunk can have accidents, die of alcohol poisoning and not find their way home, becoming very vulnerable.
Those that can reach the hive are kept outside by "security guards" as a preventive measure, not to ferment the honey inside, which could damage the entire colony.
The Parliament's chief beekeeper also explained that honey mead and vodka can be produced - which actually happens in the five hives in the House of Parliament. Drinks are often offered as gifts to foreign authorities.
The hives were created by the Department of Parliamentary Services and the Australian National University Beekeeping Society and were installed in the landscape surrounding the building in 2017.
The student management initiative led by bees is part of a global effort to tackle declining bee populations that are crucial for ecosystems, food security and environmental sustainability.
In his explanatory tweets, Farrell also said that this behavior happens only with exotic bees that were introduced in some European countries 190 years ago.