Are Your Bees Right or Left Handed?
Posted on November 10, 2017
Bees don’t have “hands” but new research coming out of Australia has found that individual bees are prone to their left or right side. Here’s what the New York Post reported:
“Bees can be “right or left-handed” just like humans”
Scientists in Australia found that individual bees have a preference of flying to the left or the right when faced with an obstacle in their path.
“We believe these individual biases help to improve the flight efficiency of a swarm of bees through densely cluttered environments,” Mandyam Srinivasan, one of the study’s authors, told the University of Queensland. The findings were recently published in PLOS One.
“Flying insects constantly face the challenge of choosing efficient, safe and collision-free routes while navigating through dense foliage,” Srinivasan said. “This finding could potentially be used as strategy for steering a fleet of drone aircraft.”
To read this New York Post article in its entirety, go to Bees Can be "right or left-handed"