While researchers have long known that honeybees release a substance known as 2-heptanone, they believed the secretion was used as a type of scent marker for bees. However, new research suggests the secretion is actually an anesthetic. The researchers were studying moths whose larvae can decimate beehives when they serendipitously discovered the anesthetic nature of the bees' secretion. The findings may lead to a new local anesthetic for use in human and veterinary medicine.
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