So then someone suggested we were unique in the animal kingdom because we could use signs to communicate, and what's more, could communicate abstract ideas.
But Karl Von Frisch shot both down at one fell swoop, by proving that bees communicate abstract ideas (direction of nearby food source taking into account the change of sun direction during the intervening minutes) using sign (the 'waggle' dance).
Yay bees! You rule!
The cooler thing is that so far, only chimps have come near bees for these amazing abilities.
And us of course.
There is however one thing bees can't do that we can. Lie.
|Sketching honey bees (Apis melifera) for my upcoming exhibition|
"Our Bees" with Yaniv Janson.