Honeybees can do additions and subtractions!
Honeybees are amazing! Their ability to pollinate plants is exclusively responsible for one-third of all the crops we consume daily. Not only that but they have a complex language, they can communicate to the other bees via dance, and they can explain to each other how far and where flowers are. On top of all this, they make delicious honey. It seems like there’s nothing they can’t do. And now, scientists have found that they can even do basic arithmetic.
Australian and French researchers have demonstrated that bees can add and subtract. This finding, on top of the earlier discovery that bees understand the concept of zero, tells us that having a small brain doesn’t necessarily limit one's mathematical abilities. The findings are reported in Science Advances.