[ExI] Bees build mental maps to get home

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 20:45:14 UTC 2014

Study suggests the insects do not rely solely on the Sun as a compass.

Bees, like birds and butterflies, use the Sun as a compass for
navigation, whereas mammals typically find their way by remembering
familiar landmarks on a continuous mental map. However, the latest
research suggests that bees also use this type of map, despite their
much smaller brain size.


Dyer is not yet convinced that bees navigate using a cognitive map. He
thinks that the insects could be using features of the terrain
independent of the Sun to navigate, similar to the way a mariner might
use a beacon.

That's still a pretty good feat for such a tiny dot of a brain!


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