Scouting behavior linked to certain molecules in insect brains
That honeybee lazily probing a flower may actually be a stealth explorer, genetically destined to seek adventure from birth.
Bees who consistently explore new environments for food have different genetic activity in their brains than their less-adventurous hive mates, scientists report in the March 9 Science. This genetic activity relates to making particular chemical signals, some of which are linked to behaviors such as thrill-seeking in people.
“This is an exciting paper that raises a lot of interesting questions,” says neurobiologist Alison Mercer of the University of Otago in New Zealand.