Earwigs, flies, and bees are also attracted to beer.
According to a team of University of California, Berkeley researchers, it not exactly the beer that attracts insects, but rather the carbon dioxide in the beer. Flies and other insects, the Berkeley scientists have discovered, have special taste receptors that are sensitive to carbon dioxide — the stuff that puts the fizz in beer.
It’s one or perhaps the only taste receptor discovered in addition to the five that we humans and other mammals have. We have receptors for sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory.
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