STATES CHRONICLE – Scientists revealed that bees’ brain is extraordinary, being endowed with learning ability. Bumblebees proved that they learned how to move a ball in the center of a platform to receive a sugar-based treat. That is why researchers who are in charge of studying bees and other insects wanted to point out that a small brain does not always mean a simple brain.
Clint Perry, one of the bumblebee trainers at Queen Mary University of London, stated that some people even asked him if bees even gave brains. Actually, there are a lot of tests and surveys which demonstrated that bees could learn, solving different problems. Scientists are currently bound to define the limits of mental abilities in insects.
In the past, insects were thought that they are only capable of performing particularly limited actions. Nevertheless, latest studies indicated that their skills use an individual approach which is in no way similar to human thinking. Insects possess some kind of an internal map of where they are, having an abstract representation in their brain of the external world.
Vivek Jayaraman, a researcher who analyzes navigation in fruit flies at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, claimed that the way in which bees function indicates that they have some form of cognition. David Anderson, a scientist at Caltech studying fruit flies’ emotion-like states, argued that these creatures have a compact nervous system.
Maybe it is strange for us to believe, but they are capable of performing amazing things considering their size. Bees have approximately a million brain cells, more than the fruit fly which only has like 250,000 brain cells. There are many species of bees endowed with this learning ability. For example, honeybees use a tail-shaking dance named the waggle dance, this being a way of communication for them.
Through this behavior they tell each other where they can find flowers with nectar, also signaling the quality of the nectar. Some scientists suggested that bees are also endowed with a minimal type of awareness. Researchers in charge of analyzing the behavior of bumblebees in the laboratory of Lars Chittka have used different methods to test their subjects. They proved that bees could pull a string to receive a treat of sugary water.
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