The Mathematical Abilities of Bees

Honeybees are incredibly talented for insects. The manufacture honey, wax, and other bees. They pollinate our crops, they communicate by dancing, and they remember where the flowers are blooming. And they can deliver a pretty good sting when they need to. But bees can also be trained to do things that bees won’t normally do by instinct, like solve puzzles or play ball games. The research on bees’ dances have led scientists to focus on how they can judge and communicate distances. Experiments that test a bee’s geolocation ability is how we found out that bees have some understanding of numbers, which is rather mind-blowing. I’m also very impressed by the scientists who managed to figure out what the bees are saying when they dance. This episode of Ze Frank’s True Facts series is unusually wholesome, almost devoid of salacious jokes. Honeybees are probably smart enough to appreciate that. There’s a one-minute skippable ad at the 5:15 mark.

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