What’s this buzz about bees having culture? Inside a groundbreaking experiment


The bee video in that article is really interesting.

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I remember watching this film reel in gradeschool where chimpanzees(I think) would move boxes and put them on top of each other to reach things high up.

I remember them making some claim that only chimpanzees had this problem solving ability outside of humans. Or maybe it also included other monkeys. Point being, however, that they thought this ability was very limited to a few select animals, including humans.

So much for schooling always being accurate.


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From what I understand, the difference with the bee study is that the puzzle was designed so there was no way the bees would be able to figure out the solution themselves. Once the experimenters trained the first set of bees to solve the puzzle and get their reward, the only way the new bees.could solve the puzzle was by learning from the trained bees which they did. Apparently this has never been demonstrated before for any species other than humans. This may mean that behaviors that have been attributed to genetically ingrained behavior for bees or other species, are actually learned behaviors passed down from one generation to the next.

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Thanks @Moonbeam .I see what your saying about the difference, I guess I missed that. I probably did not read the article thoroughly enough.

but I have long since discarded that film from grade school, anyway. I’ve seen with my own eyes things like my dog figuring out how to get up the steps with a cone by moving her head up every step she takes. If that isnt problem solving, I don’t know what is.

or her ability to tap on a mostly closed door with her paw and bounce it back so she can get through.

Plus if you look on the internet, dolphins are supposedly similar to apes in problem solving. Even crows seem to be advanced problem solvers.

So, I think the thoughts that appeared in that film are now outdated.


I’ve always wanted to pet a bumblebee. They’re the only bug I know of that look invitingly furry, like a cat or dog. Obviously I don’t cuz of the stinger and size diff and all but if I was like, really small, like Honey i Shrunk the Kids, I probably would!

Honestly though, if they don’t have ESP, which I’m guessing they don’t, it makes me wonder how they communicate so effectively without language. According to this article they seem to have no problem.

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I’ve never seen it successfully done, but it’s supposedly possible to leash a fly with your hair. I imagine you could do the same with a bee.

Good luck in your endeavors!

oops. I thought you said that you always wanted a pet bumblebee.

Not to pet a bumblebee.

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Haha no but petting one and having one as a pet would go together marvelously. If they were physically bigger like the size of small animals I’d think about it lol. They’re just too tiny though :smiley:

After seeing that squirrel on the mini Jetski on YouTube it’s hard to rule anything out TBH

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I once had to write a paper back in college about whether or not animals lived in societies.

I argued that yes they did, while using examples of lion prides and wolf packs.

…I think animals are so much more advanced than we give them credit for.

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I love bees and bumblebees. I recently bought a painting from a Ukrainian artist. Here’s a closeup.of a bumblebee done in a style of traditional Ukrainian painting called petrykivka painting. The bumblebee is made up of very thin brushstrokes.


There are some great documentaries on pack life, very complex beings.

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