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Honeybees use right antennae to tell friend from foe (Science News)
To avoid a scuffle, a wayward honeybee might do best to stay on a stranger’s left. That’s because honeybees preferentially use their right antenna to distinguish between compadres and intruders, researchers report June 27 in Scientific Reports.
Scientists knew that the bees’ left and right antennae picked up different sensory cues, but the new work makes clear that this asymmetry extends into how bees navigate social situations.
A honeybee with a clipped right antenna like this one is less likely to get aggressive with strangers than are bees with intact antennae. Credit: Elisa Rigosi

Honeybees use right antennae to tell friend from foe (Science News)

To avoid a scuffle, a wayward honeybee might do best to stay on a stranger’s left. That’s because honeybees preferentially use their right antenna to distinguish between compadres and intruders, researchers report June 27 in Scientific Reports.

Scientists knew that the bees’ left and right antennae picked up different sensory cues, but the new work makes clear that this asymmetry extends into how bees navigate social situations.

A honeybee with a clipped right antenna like this one is less likely to get aggressive with strangers than are bees with intact antennae. Credit: Elisa Rigosi

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