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Understanding the bee-line

Bees can travel kilometres from their hive and then make a beeline back home. But why should Scotland care about the science behind this?

Honeybees can travel kilometres from their hive in search of food. When it is found, they take a beeline directly back home and dance on the honeycomb to tell nest-mates the direction and distance of the food. More than 70 years since this behaviour was first described, we have just started to understand the brain circuits that provide them with this unique ability.

Join this interactive discussion describing what we now know – and what we have yet to learn – about vector calculations in an insect’s brain and why Scotland should care.

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