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Name: Trinity 
Status: student
Grade: 4-5
Location: MI
Country: USA
Date: Summer2014


Question:
Are bees attracted to black?



Replies:
As a former amateur beekeeper I can confirm multiple books that say bees are more likely (when provoked) to attack dark animals, because most animals that eat their larva and honey are dark (bears, skunks, honey badgers, etc). Thus, beekeeper suits are always white. Nevertheless, I've never seen any scientific studies to back this up. And it's not simply the color black, but moving animals that are dark or black and attacking the colony. They won't attack a pile of coal.

Paul B.


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