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Bumble vs honey

Bumblebees and honeybees are closely related but they do show behavioural differences in colony organisation and foraging style. Sherry and Strang ask whether these differences might be accompanied be differences in cognition across species. The paper acts as a handy review of the behavioural assays by which people have probed bee cognition and as much as anything the review is useful in highlighting gaps in our knowledge. With regard to cognitive differences, the most reliable effect seems to be the bumblebee’s greater flexibility which matches a more generalist foraging style.

Sherry, D. F., & Strang, C. G. (2014). Contrasting styles in cognition and behaviour in bumblebees and honeybees. Behavioural processes.

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