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Art of Science Gallery 04

Sweetness alight
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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.