Bees learn to recognise particular bushes, trees and flowers, according to scientists who say these insects are surprisingly sophisticated at navigating their natural environment.
The research, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology
, shows that bee behaviour is not hard-wired as once believed.
Lead author Dr Adrian Dyer, an Australian vision researcher from Monash University in Melbourne, says bees can learn new tasks, despite their tiny brain size.
"This gives us a real insight into how neurones work and how neurones can interact and learn how to solve tasks," he said.
|The research shows that bee behaviour is not hard-wired as once believed