Bumblebee 007: Bees can spy on others' flower choices

By Susan Milius, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

In a novel test of insect intel, researchers observed that bumblebees, which had spied on a worker bee from another colony feasting on unusual flowers, later tended to visit flowers of the same color.

This talent amounts to social learning, which is picking up a new behavior from observations of another animal, say the test's designers, Bradley D. Worden and Daniel R. Papaj of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

It's "an elegant experiment," comments Andrew Whiten of the Centre for Social Lea...

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