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Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.

Scientists have found numerous examples of a new phenomenon bees "entombing" or sealing up hive cells full of pollen to put them out of use, and protect the rest of the hive from their contents. The pollen stored in the sealed-up cells has been found to contain dramatically higher levels of pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals than the pollen stored in neighbouring cells, which is used to feed growing young bees.

"This is a novel finding, and very striking. The implication is that the bees are sensing [pesticides] and actually sealing it off. They are recognising that something is wrong with the pollen and encapsulating it," said Jeff Pettis, an entomologist with the US Department of Agriculture. "Bees would not normally seal off pollen."
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Originally Posted by Envy View Post

Depends on what ones definition of "thinking" is, eh?
You may be interested in reading this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_lea..._communication

Bees have brains and nervous systems. They might not be as clever as dolphins, chimps, elephants, or humans. Maybe not be anywhere as smart as even chickens or cows. But I don't know why people keep insisting that they're more plant-like than animal-like. Bees are ANIMALS!

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Cute diagram of things bees can do with their brains:
http://www.fuzz2buzz.com/en/mex/mind...nd-brain-cells
 

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Oh yes, definitely. Especially if one's definition of thinking is a narrow-minded, ignorant, human-centric one.
Gee, it almost feels like you're implying something about the way I think with that post.

Nope, must be my imagination.

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You may be interested in reading this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_lea..._communication

Bees have brains and nervous systems. They might not be as clever as dolphins, chimps, elephants, or humans. Maybe not be anywhere as smart as even chickens or cows. But I don't know why people keep insisting that they're more plant-like than animal-like. Bees are ANIMALS!

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Cute diagram of things bees can do with their brains:
http://www.fuzz2buzz.com/en/mex/mind...nd-brain-cells
Just so that you both know, even though I had a "eh", I didn't mean to imply anything by that post.
Like that bees are stupid or anything.
Only that people have different opinions about semantics.
 

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'Novel?' Way to trivialise an important finding! Like how half the people studying Colony Collapse Disorder ignored migratory apiculture.
 
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