BEES: MAGNETIC NAVIGATION

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BEES:  MAGNETIC NAVIGATION

Bees have a second sensory trick up their furry little sleeves. For a bee finding the hive again after a busy day of flying about is a matter of life or death. For the hive it is important for a bee to remember where a source of food can be found. Bees may be many things but they are not blessed with an overabundance of brains.

To navigate they must use a variety of information and one of those sources seems to rest inside their abdomen. A small ring of magnetite particles, magnetic granules of iron, inside the bee can detect the magnetic field of the Earth and help a bee define its location.

 

http://listverse.com/2013/04/13/10-unusual-animal-senses

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