Can Bees Count?

By Meera Dolasia on January 29, 2009

Results of  a new study released by the University of Queensland , Australia prove, that honey bees can actually count - albeit only up to a certain number.

This latest research just adds to the list of things these tiny insects can do. Over the years, researchers have proved that honey bees communicate with each other by doing what scientists have dubbed the Waggle dance - something they do to let other bees know when they find a new food source. Honey bees can also form symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns and now it turns out they can even count - though only up to the number four. And all this in addition to their most important work - pollination and making yummy honey!

In the most recent study, bees were channeled through a maze whose entrance was marked with either two or three dots.  Once inside the maze, the path split into two - one marked with two and the other marked with three dots. In order to get to the sugar water reward at the end, the bees had to remember the number of dots that had been at the entrance - and they did.

The researchers believe that bees have a two-pronged memory. One remembers the number of dots, while the other remembers the rules. What's next? - to see if these amazing insects can solve some basic math problems!

While researchers have conducted and discovered that a lot of animals (http://www.dogonews.com/2008/08/23/elephants-are-good-at-math) and even some fish are capable of counting and solving math problems, this was the first study that focused on insects.

Source: beesource.com, livescience.com

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  • SL65/14/2012
    That is cool! Bees are pretty talented.
    • PieLover5/14/2012
      Cutest dog ever!
      • iamaboy5/20/2012
        that is so cool
        • iluvdogs5/28/2012
          has anybody seen Boo the world's cutest dog? peace out peeps :p iluvdogs
          • maya9/18/2012
            I seen the waggle dance before it was amazing
            • maya9/18/2012
              i have seen the dog they said it died
              • yobellies 10/7/2012
                this is scary and weird but it still cool
                • asjo
                  asjo9/19/2013
                  nice article!
                  • likemike5000
                    likemike50004/30/2014
                    nice
                    • angielea
                      angielea6/9/2014
                      WOW!

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