|Hard at work! (Photo by Tony Wills)|
What motivates bees to engage in such nonsensical activity is similar to what motivates human athletes: the sweet smell of rewards. With bees, all it takes is a whiff of sugar water. The same cannot be said for big-league bipeds.
It turns out that would-bee athletes learn best from previously-trained bees. The newbies were even motivated to do one better. They not only imitated what was observed, but also improved upon techniques.
How could such a bee-brained creature be so smart? God only knows.
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