“In the latest triumph for one of humanity’s favorite insects, bumblebees learned how to push a ball to the center of a platform for a sugary treat.

“That may not make them a threat on the chess board, but soccer or even Skee-Ball might be within their intellectual grasp — if it were scaled down in size, of course.

“The new research finding is one more reason that scientists who study insects, of all sorts, would like to point out that just because a brain is small, doesn’t mean it is simple.”

Read the full story: The New York Times, Bumblebees Demonstrate the Power of Insect Brains 

byebyefrost  asked:

Sorry for the Smullyan puzzle ;) Let's talk about bees instead. When did you begin to be interested in them?

When I was around three or four years old my dad decided to get a couple of hives.  It was a short lived hobby for him.  He lost both colonies the second winter and never tried to repopulate the hives.  But he let me suit up and help him tend to them while he did have them, and I’ve been interested ever since.  

I repopulated his hives when I was around twelve and kept them thriving until I was 16.  When I went off to uni Dad didn’t keep them up like he’d promised, and I’ve just never had the time to dedicate to it since.  Though, I have considered starting a roof colony in a couple of years.  Watson might enjoy helping me tend to it.

The bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list.


  • Go plant an organic flower native to wherever you are
  • Leave your “weeds” alone they probably aren’t hurting anything
  • Stop using/buying Roundup and all other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides. 
  • If you have a bee problem (which almost never happens) call a local beekeeper! They will remove them safely free of charge
  • Bumblebees usually nest underground and just wanna be left alone! They won’t hurt you. To prevent destroying their habit during hibernation, avoid mowing yards until April or May. If you do mow, raise the blades to the highest setting

Please save my fat clumsy fuzzy friends I love them and they’re very good pollinators.



what i love about tumblr romanticizing bees is that a lot of us grew up being scared of them. but now there’s people appreciating their aesthetic, their nature, their existence, and it’s just nice

that doesn’t necessarily equate in people fighting for bees, or planting adequate flowers for them, but the chances for that happening are a lot higher. i know for a fact that i profited off those posts on how to help bees that were/are going around

i like the romanticization of bees. it gives me a tiny chunk of peace