BUZZ BUZZ — A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals details of the complex social interactions among honey bees (Apis mellifera). The research hones in on trophallaxis, which includes not only food exchange between bees, but other forms of face-to-face communication.
The researchers studied how bees displayed individual behavior during social interactions, using certain benchmarks to determine bee individuality.
BEE COLONIES ARE SO MUCH MORE than a hive of worker bees mindlessly going about their tasks as the queen bee looms overhead.
To an extent, they are their own complex organism. But they are also living societies, composed of individuals. Worker bees are not mere drones — rather, they have a stronger individual will than we might imagine.
In understanding these bees, we might just further our understanding of another other species — including ourselves.
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