Bees concept of zero

Bees are first insects shown to understand the concept of zero

Aiming for a bee plus in maths

Bees seem to understand the idea of zero – the first invertebrate shown to do so. When the insects were encouraged to fly towards a platform carrying fewer shapes than another one, they apparently recognised “no shapes” as a smaller value than “some shapes”.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/2142884-bees-are-first-insects-shown-to-understand-the-concept-of-zero/

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I know that zero bees is a problem.


Because of what bees do in their lives - looking for patterns in flowers which give the best reward (nectar) - I’m not sure it’s a big leap, it’s important for them to understand patterns in what they see around them…

Remembering that flowers are seen by bees with a mix of ultraviolet, everything looks different.

It would be interesting to know if the “zero” test was really zero when seen with a mix of UV to simulate “bee vision”: