Those bees! It seems we just found out that they can count, and now here comes another challenge to traditional conceptions of the mind and who has one. It turns out that bees can recognize individual faces:
A honeybee brain has a million neurons, compared with the 100 billion in a human brain. But, researchers report, bees can recognize faces, and they even do it the same way we do.
Bees and humans both use a technique called configural processing, piecing together the components of a face — eyes, ears, nose and mouth — to form a recognizable pattern, a team of researchers report in the Feb. 15 issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology.
You ever feel that bee you swotted has it in for you? Well, that’s possible.