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Bee brains morph to allow career change

By T.K. Randall
April 4, 2009 · Comment icon 0 comments

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Bees have been in the news a lot in recent times, covering everything from their mysterious disappearance to the claim that they are able to count. Now it is believed that bees' brains undergo significant changes at mid-life to accomodate a career change, female worker bees for example swap nursery duty for nectar and pollen foraging at 2-3 weeks of age.
A person changing jobs at mid-life might wish for a redesigned brain up to the fresh task. Honeybees go through just such a metamorphosis, a new study finds. The research adds to an impressive list of bee qualities, including the recent discovery that bees can count. "

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