Bumble bees can solve puzzles

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have made an astonishing discovery about bumblebees. These industrious insects can learn and solve puzzles by observing their experienced peers. This fascinating study reveals their remarkable social behavior and intelligence, captivating bee enthusiasts of all ages. Scientists presented bumblebees with a challenging puzzle box, training “demonstrator” bees to solve it while “observer” bees watched closely. Observer bees overwhelmingly imitated the method they observed, even when alternative approaches were available.

Bumblebees exhibit an exceptional capacity for social learning, relying on experienced peers for problem-solving skills. Guided by their experienced companions, observer bees outperformed those without guidance, highlighting the power of collective learning and success. Bumblebees showed the ability to develop and maintain behavioral trends within colonies, akin to primates and birds. Their intricate behavior continues to fascinate scientists. Further experiments revealed that observer bees eventually preferred one solution, suggesting behavioral trends emerge as new learners replace experienced bees.

Bumblebees’ puzzle-solving skills through teamwork astound researchers. Their intelligence and social learning abilities inspire us to appreciate the lessons they teach about unity and adaptability. Let us embrace their ingenuity as we embark on our own puzzling adventures.

Three barrels of fruit logic puzzle

The owner of a fruit orchard has collected three barrels of fruit. There is one barrel of apples, one barrel of pears and one barrel that contains a mixture of apples and pears.

The barrels are all labelled. One label reads “apples”, another reads “pears” and the other reads “apples and pears”. Unfortunately, none of the three barrels are labelled correctly!

You can take out and look at just one piece of fruit from one of the barrels. How can you determine what each of the barrels contain?

Reveal solution

If you choose to inspect a piece of fruit from the barrel labelled “apples and pears”, you can be sure that it will contain either only apples or pears (since you know that all barrels are labelled incorrectly). Looking at the fruit will of course tell you which barrel it is.

The other two barrels will be labelled “apples” and “pears”. If the piece of fruit you looked at earlier was an apple, you can be sure that the barrel labelled “apples” will contain pears and the barrel labelled “pears” will contain both apples and pears.

If however the piece of fruit you looked at earlier was a pear, you can be sure that the barrel labelled “pears” will contain apples and the barrel labelled “apples” will contain both apples and pears.

How many bees are there in a beehive?

How many bees are there in a beehive? What does this many bees look like? I am sure that these are questions that you have often wondered about. Thankfully, here at beepuzzled.com we have you covered.

According to the British Beekeepers’ Association, during Summer months, there can be around 40,000 bees in a hive. This number will drop to around 5,000 bees during the Winter.

Below is a illustration of what this number looks like when represented as dots. The image is broken up into 400 squares, with each square consisting of 100 individual dots. In total therefore, there are 40,000 individual dots.

See if you can spot the queen bee (the single yellow dot).

Outline of a beehive with 40000 dots inside representing the number of bees.