Bees are amazing creatures, but as humans, we seem to take these insects for granted far too often. They’re among the hardest-working creatures on earth, responsible for pollinating one-sixth of flowering plants, approximately 400 different agricultural types of plants, and about 70 of the 100 food crops that are grown worldwide. It’s safe to say that without bees, our planet and even our diets would be very different and yet, these amazing creatures are dying at an alarming rate. In the United States, the population of bees has declined steadily by 30 percent every year. Bees are more than just drones keeping mindlessly busy — they are constantly working to keep both themselves and by proxy, humans, alive.
In this video, we get a little snippet of just how complex these little insects actually are. Just like us, they are able to learn new, vital skills by observing their peers. This is particularly amazing, considering the fact that the experiment conducted is typically used to test the intelligence of mammals and other vertebrate rather than insects.
To learn more about bees and why they’re so important to us, read the following articles:
- Why Bees Matter So Much to Humans
- Why Bees Matter to Our Planet
- Why Bees Need You to Plant These 4 Flowers in Your Yard NOW!