With the forty million dollars made at the box office for Jerry Seinfeld's Bee Movie this weekend I want to share something fascinating I read about bees recently.
"Honeybees have evolved a complex language to tell one another where the best nectar is, using the sun as a reference point. Amazingly, they can also do this on overcast days and at night, by calculating the position of the sun on the other side of the world.
This means they can actually learn and store information, despite having a brain 1.5 million times smaller than our own. A bee's brain has about 950,000 neurons. A human brain has between 100 and 200 billion.
Honeybees have an in-built "map" of the sun's movements across the sky over twenty-four hours and can modify this map to fit local conditions very quickly - all decisions about where to fly are made within five seconds."
Source: The Book Of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson