The Navigational Skills of a Honey Bee

BBC iWonder   Presented by Professor Adam Hart Biologist and broadcaster

We are all familiar with the satellite navigation systems found in modern cars and smartphones. It’s modern technology that we program in a location and get given directions and distances until we reach our final destination. Yet the humble foraging honey bee does all this many times every single day in its daily quest to find the perfect flower to tap for nectar and pollen.

But if that wasn’t miraculous enough, a bee can pass on the exact location of the perfect flower to its colleagues, so they can share in the bounty. Its secret is not using circuit boards and processors it’s the angle of the sun, counting landmarks and electrical fields.

So suggesting that a bee could be as smart as your modern satellite navigation system is not as daft as it may seem.

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