It’s not just humans who reach out for natural cures when ailments bother us. Animals, birds and even butterflies do it. This month is dedicated to these self-medicating smart creatures, for there’s so much to learn from them!
Drowning out sorrows
Most interesting among insects are the fruit flies, though. Being insects used to rotting and fermenting fruits, alcohol is easy to come by. Fruit flies infected by parasitic wasps have one way to get rid of them — they consume excess amounts of alcohol! The fruit flies literally drink to drown their sorrows — wasps causing them much trouble. Most surprisingly, the insects are able to manage fine even after drinking toxic levels of alcohol.