This is a continuation of the following posts:

How Bees Decide Part 1

How Bees Decide Part 2


So bees don’t just map the location of resources… they have to map time too as flowers do different things at different times.  Young bees behave differently than older bees when it comes to foraging.  They learn sequences, time changes, relative locations (relative to other locations), odor, color, etc.  It’s all about dealing with variation and all the different flowers.

Efficiency requires order and organization to keep things straight and make good decisions.  It requires logic and ability to make informed decisions.

While many believe it’s true, there is no fact-based line of reasoning that can be used to state: “insects are incapable of logical reasoning”.  Bees seem to be set on proving that they can indeed reason logically!

Virtually 0% of learned information is transferred genetically.  This means that they must both learn information about resources around them and be able to communicate those resources.  Amazing.

Did you know that bees like the new, shiny thing when it comes to forrage?  Yup, bees seem to want to be variable in their foraging.  They will eventually get tired of something old and look for new sources of pollen… new bling!


The talks that happen at your local beekeeper meeting can often be incredibly educational and this talk was no exception!


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