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October 31 2012

To bee an art critic, choosing between Picasso and Monet


Honeybees are also discerning art critics, according to scientists from UQ's Queensland Brain Institute, the UQ School of Psychology and the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil.

The study, published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology A, found honeybees had remarkable visual learning and discrimination abilities that extended beyond simple colours, shapes or patterns.

QBI researcher Dr Judith Reinhard said honeybees had a highly developed capacity for processing complex visual information, and could distinguish landscape scenes, types of flowers, and even human faces.

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