Having started a tidy-up I came across the notes I made of Prof.Robert Pickard’s lecture at Harper Adams University 6 weeks ago, so (any excuse!) I abandoned the tidy up and am setting down the bits that I can read. Some of it refers to human brains as well.

The bee’s brain has 850,000 cells.

Rehearse memories you want to retain: use your memory or lose it!

The use of the Nasenov gland to spread pheromones demonstrates altruistic behaviour.

Magnetic field. Swarms in boxes with no light draw parallel combs.

The brain is a machine. This enables neurosurgery to work. All disease is a combination of physics and chemistry.

Bees don’t fly in zero gravity.

They have a perception of their local environment up to a radius of about 7 miles.

Karl von Frisch demonstrated how they can navigate around a mountain to a food source. The dance language has dialects.

Bees can hear sound through hairs on their shoulders.

As you can see, it’s difficult to make notes while more interesting stuff is still happpening!


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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