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2+3=Hive: Bees understand basic math

(STUDYFINDS) — MELBOURNE — All that buzz in your garden may be more than just the sound of bees hard at work pollinating your flowers. There may be a math competition going on. A new study finds, believe it or not, that bees have the ability to perform basic mathematics, such as addition and subtraction.

Yes, bees can perform basic arithmetic, what’s your excuse?

Researchers from RMIT University in Australia, with help from French researchers, built upon their previous finding that honeybees actually understand the concept of zero by training them to gravitate towards images with the lowest quantity. So they sought to determine whether the insect can follow more complex mathematical concepts.