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Bees Can Count To Four

November 4, 2008
They really have a lot of the capacities that we so-called higher human beings possess.

This, from an insect! Yet humans still treat animals as second-class citizens of this planet. Let’s hope we still have bees around in the future. The bee die-off, or “colony collapse disorder” has still not been resolved. We need them, more than they need us, that’s for sure.

clipped from www.reuters.com

Australia scientists say bees can count to four

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Researchers have discovered that honey bees can count to four, a report said here on Sunday.

A researcher from the University of Queensland put five markers inside a tunnel and placed nectar in one of them, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio reported.

Honey bees placed in the tunnel flew to the marker with the food, and would still fly to the same marker stripe when the food was removed.

“We find that if you train them to the third stripe, they will look subsequently in the third stripe,” researcher Mandyam Srinivasan said.

“If you train them to the fourth stripe, they will look the fourth stripe and so on. But their ability to count seems to go only up to four. They can’t count beyond four.

“The more we look at these creatures that have a brain the size of a sesame seed, the more astonished we are. They really have a lot of the capacities that we so-called higher human beings possess.”

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