Tagged: Self-Medicating


Bumblebees Self-Medicate In The Wild?

Bumblebees Self-Medicate In The Wild? The rain.  Pestilence of crops.  Fly-swatters.  Bees have many natural enemies.  Along with the alarming numbers of mass die offs and their contribution to the food economy the world over bees also have small, sometimes microscopic foes.  New evidence suggests that bumblebees use a variety of wild plants from Turtlehead, also known as balmony, and Nicotine. Known as zoopharmacognosy (literally “animal-drug-knowing”), the most common examples involve parrots eating clay to absorb toxins in the gut or dogs eating grass to make themselves sick.  Earlier this year after observing a reduction in intestinal parasites among certain bumblebees who sought...