A bee’s life was saved after she fell in a honey extractor thanks to a caring beekeeper and the other bees in her hive.

The amazing moment was captured on video by a beekeeper in Covert Township, Michigan who wrote:

“We are bee keepers in small town in South West Michigan. Our small farm is located within a blueberry field where bees have lots of flower to pollinate. They produce amazing honey from blueberries in the spring time that has rich dark color.”

“A couple weeks ago while I was harvesting honey, one poor bee fell into honey extractor and I could not let this hard working girl die. I rescued her and put her by the hive entry, knowing that her sisters would help her.”

“I ran to grab my phone and decided to capture this amazing scene of how they clean and help her. Unfortunately my phone wasn’t fully charged and I wasn’t able to record whole process and ending, it took approximately 30 minutes for them to clean her and at the end she flew away.”

Honey bees are sensitive to odors (including pheromones), tastes, and colors, including ultraviolet. They can demonstrate capabilities such as color discrimination through classical and operant conditioning and retain this information for several days at least; they communicate the location and nature of sources of food; they adjust their foraging to the times at which food is available; they may even form cognitive maps of their surroundings.

Honeybees demonstrate lots of behaviors that scan as “intelligent” to humans, including many that are unusual or highly advanced for any animal, let alone insects. They have symbolic language in what’s known as the “waggle dance,” a symbolic movement that conveys the distance, direction, and quality of nectar sources. They can observe and mimic behaviors. And they have demonstrated advanced abilities in numeracy (meaning they seem to understand numbers).


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