The genetic blueprint of the honeybee was published in 2006. It revealed surprising links with mammals, including humans.
Honey bees apparently have an internal “biological clock” which is more like those of mammals than of flies, the research has revealed. The clock governs many activities, including time sensing, navigation, labour division, and the famous bee “dance language” which the insects use to communicate information about food sources.
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