Honeybees Know What 3 Means (and 2, and 4), Researchers Find

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One honeybee, ah ah ah… (Credit: yod67/Shutterstock)

Humans, monkeys, pigeons, fish and honeybees can all grasp the concept of a greater than or less than sign and choose between bigger or smaller quantities. Now, new research from a team led by Martin Giurfa at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France is the first to show that honeybees, like other vertebrates, can also recognize a specific value, not just a relative value. That means they know the number 3, instead of simply recogniz

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