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20 May 2020

The Amazing World of Bees

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On October 2017, upon Slovenia’s proposal, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated May 20 as World Bee Day, to commemorate the birth date of Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture and a great expert in the field in that country

Janša Beehive in Breznica. Source: Wikimedia Commons

You might’ve heard or read of this apocalyptic attributed to Albert Einstein, which says that “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live.” Although this assertion remains unproven, we do know about the importance of bees as pollinators, as key enablers of many plants’ reproductive cycles, including many food crops.

Pollinators are not only key to food security, but also essential to preserve biodiversity, one of the key objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (ODS). Bee populations are also used as yardsticks to measure the health of local ecosystems.

Some studies have proven that bees can do some basic arithmetic, that communicate and that can be taught abstract mathematical principles. Do you know enough about these insects to complete the following quiz?

You can learn more about bees in these recommended articles:

Bees that Know Mathematics: They Count, Order, Add and Subtract

Bees and Men, and Vice-versa

Robotic Bees for the Exploration of Mars


Paz Palacios

Para OpenMind

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