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How Bees Remember Flower Shapes

Science  22 Mar 1985:
Vol. 227, Issue 4693, pp. 1492-1494
DOI: 10.1126/science.227.4693.1492

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Abstract

Bees are able to learn to distinguish between flowers with different shapes or patterns. Some studies have suggested that bees remember only isolated features such as spatial frequency and line angles, rather than the photographic search images that are characteristic of vertebrates. New data indicate that this presumptive vertebrate-invertebrate dichotomy is false; bees can store flower patterns as a low-resolution eidetic image or photograph.

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