Mar 7, 2023

Bumblebees learn new ‘trends’ in their behavior

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A new study has shown that bumblebees pick up new “trends” in their behavior by watching and learning from other bees, and that one form of a behavior can spread rapidly through a colony even when a different version gets discovered.

The research, led by Queen Mary University of London and published in PLOS Biology, provides strong evidence that drives the spread of bumblebee behavior—in this case, precisely how they forage for food.

A variety of experiments were set up to establish this. The researchers designed a two-option puzzle box that could be opened either by pushing a red tab clockwise or a blue tab counter-clockwise to reveal a 50% sucrose solution reward.

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