Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beware: Bees Never Forget a Face

by David DeFranza

In 2005, Adrian Dyer trained bees to associate sugary rewards with pictures of human faces. The results seemed to indicate that bees could actually identify a human face. New research, however, indicates that the situation is more complex—and more fascinating—than this early study suggested.

Martin Giurfa from the Université de Toulouse, France, was drawn to the 2005 study because he believed that, while the bees were able to recognize a face, they were not interpreting it as such. Giurfa explains:

"Because the insects were rewarded with a drop of sugar when they chose human photographs, what they really saw were strange flowers. The important question was what strategy do they use to discriminate between faces"... read more story at

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