Latest Bee learning and communication Stories

Bumblebees Willing To Learn If There's A Sweet Treat Involved
2014-03-19 05:51:49

A pair of new studies from the University of Guelph reveals that bumblebees might have tiny brains, but they are capable of remarkable feats, especially when offered a tasty reward.

Efficient Bees Use Logic And Observation To Find Nectar
2013-04-05 09:39:22

Bees have tiny brains. But even with this handicap, they are smart enough to pick out the most attractive flowers by watching other bees and learning from their behavior.

2009-11-17 09:50:00

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that honeybees can discriminate between food at different temperatures, an ability that may assist bees in locating the warm, sugar-rich nectar or high-protein pollen produced by many flowers.

2009-07-31 12:53:25

Scientists have discovered that honeybees warn each other of dangerous flowers that might be harboring predators in wait.

2008-12-23 16:33:24

Honey bees on cocaine tend to exaggerate their actions to hive-mates for possibly altruistic reasons, University of Illinois researchers reported Tuesday. Normally foraging honey bees dance to alert others in the hive to potential food sources only when the sources are high quality, but bees buzzing on cocaine performed their dance when any food was found, the Champaign, Ill., university said in a release. The dance, or waggle, gives information that helps other bees find nectar or food. The...

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.