Bees are known as honey producing small insects. As they are tiny in size, they are usually considered to hold little intelligence. But according to a new study, that perception about bees is not true at all. The study found that, like human beings, this little insect has the capacity to do basic mathematics! The study is done by a team of scientists at the French National Centre For Scientific Research.
To carry out the research, scientists first gave training to a group of bees to recognize colors as symbols for either addition or subtraction. In the study led by Dr. Scarlett Howard, the researchers found that the bees were able to do addition and subtraction which was judged based on their color recognition.
For long it was thought that math skills are unique to just human beings. But in recent times, several research has proved it wrong. These studies have shown that these skills are available across the animal kingdoms.
Chimpanzees, parrots and pigeons are among some creatures that have already exhibited their capacity to do basic math like addition and subtraction. Now bee is the the latest addition to this list.
It needs to be noted that basic math skills allow the bees to carry out complex processes in their brains. Source : Independent Online