Little bee brains that could

A honeybee's tiny brain has an awesome working memory.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM April 1, 2005

If "birdbrain" is supposed to be an insult, then "bee brain" might be an even crueler thing to say. Bees have tiny brains, after all, so it's easy to believe that they must be dumb.

 

Clever things often come in small packages, however. New research shows that, when it comes to something called "working memory," honeybees rank right up there with bigger-brained animals such as birds and monkeys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The honeybee's brain provides a working memory that's as robust as a bird's and approaches the flexibility of a monkey's.

 

The honeybee's brain provides a working memory that's as robust as a bird's and approac...

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