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Bees Learn While They Sleep, and That Means They Might Dream

Bees learn while they sleep, and that means they might dream.

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) Valbonne, France, July. Meetyourneighbours.net project.

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) Valbonne, France, July. Meetyourneighbours.net project.

Photo via MYN Pierre Escoubas/naturepl.com

A new study suggests that bees can store information in long-term memory while they sleep, just like humans do when we dream

For all our obvious differences, humans and honeybees share some common threads within the fabric of life.
We are both social species. While humans speak and write to communicate, honeybees dance to one another; waggling their bodies for specific durations at angles that indicate where the best pockets of nectar or pollen are to be found outside the hustle and bustle of the nest.

But only forager bees – the eldest of several types of honeybee castes – do this. Just like in human populations, the honeybee colony is divided into different sectors of work. There are cleaners, nurses, security guards, not to mention collection bees whose sole job is to cache nectar in comb.

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