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Let's Hear It For the Bees!

  • Apr. 30th, 2009 at 1:06 PM
One of my favorite blogs, The Ethicurean (here on Dreamwidth as [syndicated profile] ethicurean_feed) posted a link to this delightful article on the common honeybee earlier: Let's Hear It For the Bees.

Though a bit heavy-handed at the end, it first goes into a lot of very interesting detail about the curious language and circadian rhythms of honeybees.

Honeybees really are nature’s little treasures. They are a centimeter or so long, their brains are tiny, and a small set of simple rules can explain the sophisticated social behavior that produces the coordinated activity of a hive. They live by sets of instructions that are familiar to computer programmers as subroutines – do this until the stop code, then into the next subroutine, and so on.