Bee Health

City Bees Forego Fast Food To Feed On Flowers

May 20, 2016
Honey bees
David Tarpy

Urban beekeeping is a growing trend, but some scientists have worried bees in the city might turn to processed sugars for food.

N.C. State researcher Clint Penick was inspired to study urban bee diets by reports of bees feeding on soda, syrup, or even half-empty lattes.

Image of a sweat bee on button snakeroot
Barbara Driscoll

Bees are vital to the American food system. Honey bees alone contribute more than $15 billion to the American economy through pollination of plants that produce fruits, nuts and vegetables.