Image provided by Claudia Lutz and Charley Nye, Gene Robinson Lab
Research funded by the National Institutes of Health
Researchers doing behavioral experiments with honey bees sometimes use paint or enamel to give individual bees distinguishing marks. The elaborate social structure and impressive learning and navigation abilities of bees make them an ideal model for behavioral and neurobiological research. Since the sequencing of the honey bee genome, published in 2006, bees have been used increasingly for research into the molecular basis for social interaction and other complex behaviors.