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Bumblebees may bite leaves to spur plant blooming

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Bumblebees may bite leaves to spur plant blooming : Here's a tip for bumblebees to get a slowpoke plant to bloom early. Just bite its leaves. At least three species of bumblebees use their mouths to snip little confetti bits out of plant foliage. This foliage biting gets more common when there's a pollen shortage, says Consuelo De Moraes. She's a chemical ecologist and entomologist who works at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Her team reported its findings in the May 22 Science. De Moraes and her colleagues set up experiments with mustard and tomato plants. Plants nibbled by Bombus terrestris...
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