Bees learn to play golf and show off how clever they really are | New Scientist

It’s fascinating what bees can do.  They learn, they teach, they communicate with each other.  Of course beekeepers have known about this for a very long time in general.

We only have to watch honey bees on alfalfa flowers to see that they learn and teach others how to obtain or achieve an objective.  With alfalfa flowers, they can learn to outsmart the tricky little pollen “trap” in order to get straight to the nectar.  Then they teach other bees how to do it.

It’s almost like leaving kids in a house with a “child proof” cookie jar.  You gotta know that they’ll be in cookie heaven almost before you get out the door.

Studies like this show us to what lengths bees will go to to achieve an objective.  Individually and collectively.

Bumblebees have shown they can learn how to push a ball into a hole to get a reward, staking their claim to be considered tool users

Source: Bees learn to play golf and show off how clever they really are | New Scientist