In this fascinating research bees learn a task, then act as “trainer bees” to teach fellow bees how to complete the task.
New research with bumblebees hints at how knowledge can quickly spread through a population.
In the first study of its kind in insects, scientists constructed experiments that challenged bees to pull strings in order to access rewards of nectar. It’s a technique that has long been used to test cognition in various vertebrates, but hadn’t yet been tried with insects.
The study was published in early October in the open-access journal PLOS Biology…