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A few days ago I saw a headline about a study involving bees and golf, news that conjured an old bit from Jerry Seinfeld on seedless watermelons.
In order to reach the sugar, bees were required to move the ball into the cup.
It’s an impressive study, but if the academics truly want to assess the discernment of bees, give them a copy of the USGA rule book.
However, I later heard that bees are becoming endangered in the United States, raising the question: could golf be the savior of our black-and-yellow friends?
Bees learn to play golf and show off how clever they really are
For example, bees were able to learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution.
They built a circular platform with a small hole in the centre filled with sugar solution, into which bees had to move a ball to get a reward.
Loukola and his team decided the next challenge was whether bees could learn to move an object that was not attached to the reward.
Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t too alien to them.
The researchers then took three groups of other bees and trained them in different ways.
It’s not just Tigers and Bears, bees can play golf too
While this is good news, there is no word yet on how yips might effect bees’ cognitive function.
In the experiment, researchers cut a golf-ball sized hole in a wood platform and stuck a sugar solution in the hole.
But it appears surviving Bombus affinis can now spend their remaining years like many American retirees: playing golf.
The bees needed to move a small ball into the hole to receive the sweet reward.
Some bees, including North America’s rusty patched bumblebees, are facing imminent extinction.