The Honey Bee's Associative Learning

It's really incredible to note just how honey bees make use of waggling as a form of communication with each other for the location of food. Now, you will know just how honey bees learn how to get the best food, as I quote from the entry from Scientific American:


"How does a bee learn this? Well, the simplest form of learning she uses is associative learning. Just as Pavlov’s dogs learned that a bell sound predicted food, thus making them salivate, so a bee learns that a particular flower offers, say, really good nectar. This can happen when she visits a single type of flower, for example if she lands on a lavender flower and finds some really good nectar, she will be then more likely to seek out another lavender flower in the future.


Bees can also learn which flowers are the best in comparison to other flowers. For example a bee might land on one flower, collect some nectar and then leave and land on a flower of a different species and discover better nectar there. She would then not only learn to visit the second species of flower, but also learn to avoid the first species in preference to finding the second."


Wonders of nature. Awesome, totally just awesome.

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