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

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

                      Geography

                      Queensland, Australia

                      Most Popular Articles

                      The World's Deepest Pool Is Scarily . . . Deep!
                      Making Sense Of The Ebola Virus
                      Candy That Doesn't Cause Cavities? Sweet!
                      9/11/2001 - The Day Americans Came Together
                      Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
                      Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
                      Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?
                      Video Of The Week - If Frozen Was A Horror Movie . . .

                      Latest Comments

                      ratenator15

                      wow that's soooooo sad peps. Wis...
                      Making Sense Of The Ebola Virus

                      combosoldier

                      About every bank in the world wo...
                      Finally, An Invisibility "Cloak"...

                      ALA