Good boy, Bumble: Apparently bees will play fetch for food

And the bees will train each other how to play.
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A new study by scientists in London found that bees can be trained to play games – kind of like dogs.

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London already knew bumblebees could solve various cognitive tasks when it comes to foraging and getting food in nature.

So the experts decided to try something new and see if bees would complete more unnatural tasks for food – like fetching a ball.

The bees were placed into an area with a small ball. And if the bees rolled the ball into a small, circled area – they'd get food.

Scientists tried a couple different methods of training: having a new bee watch a previously trained bee move the ball to the center for food, demonstrating how the ball should move with a hidden magnet, and just showing bees the ball already in the circle with food next to it.

The study found bees did much better if they watched another bee do the trick first.

Pretty impressive considering their brains are only the size of a sesame seed.

Check out video of the bees below:

Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning

Could it bee time to change the England #football line up?

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have trained #bumblebees to score goals for food, revealing unprecedented learning abilities.

This type of research could help us understand how bees navigate and forage for food - they are important pollinator responsible for much of our food production.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2mpFngn

Posted by Queen Mary University of London on Thursday, February 23, 2017

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