In Australia when it gets very hot, the nectar in some flowers ferments and turns into alcohol. Bees that get drunk from the nectar are not allowed back in their hive—guard bees keep them out to prevent them from making the nectar into alcohol honey.

Bees in Australia are Getting Drunk on Fermented Nectar and Being Refused Re-Entry to the Hive

Shitfaced bees are falling from the skies around Parliament House as the silly season gets underway. A number of the boozy insects have been spotted staggering around near the parliamentary building after drinking themselves stupid on fermented nectar, while others have been found dead from what appears to be some kind of alcohol poisoning. As Australian Parliament’s head beekeeper Cormac Farrell explained, the phenomenon is likely a result of sunny days and rising temperatures.

“A few sharp-eyed folk walking have noticed dead & stumbling #bees on the paths around @Aust_Parliament and have asked what is going on,” Farrell wrote on Twitter. “The answer is alcohol! As the weather heats up, the nectar in some Australian flowers will fermen… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

13 thoughts on “In Australia when it gets very hot, the nectar in some flowers ferments and turns into alcohol. Bees that get drunk from the nectar are not allowed back in their hive—guard bees keep them out to prevent them from making the nectar into alcohol honey.”

  1. HighOnGoofballs

    So how do we round up the drunk bees to make some of this alcohol honey?

  2. hiles_adam

    Now I want alcoholic honey, it’s a want I never knew I even wanted.

  3. PinkTweeter

    Bee a lot cooler if they did.

  4. dirtielaundry

    So “Go home you’re drunk” doesn’t apply to bees?

  5. Bigdogbrowndog

    Buzzed flying is drunk flying.

  6. kerphunk

    Where can I find the bee bar crew? I want some alcohol honey.

  7. ThrowAwayTheBS122132

    So if we get rid of guard bees… FREE ALCOHOL HONEY TO EVERYONE!

  8. mishmoigon2

    Omg I’m just imagining a bouncer bee standing at the entrance not letting his friends in for being too drunk

    “But Jerry it was just one drink, I’m fine I swear!”

    “I’m sorry mate, you know the rules. Can’t let you in”

  9. TahoeLT

    So… Can someone set up a second hive where the drunk bees can make some alcohol honey? It’s like a drunk tank, they can get sober what making something interesting for us!

  10. RaytheonAcres

    “I fly better when I’ve had a few…”

  11. slugbabyrat

    Alcohol honey you say…

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