Meet a Bee With a Very Big Brain – Reports

Meet a Bee With a Very Big Brain

This is Panurgus banksianus, the large shaggy bee. It lives alone, burrowed into sandy grasslands across Europe. It prefers to feed on yellow-flowered members of the aster family.

The large shaggy bee also has a very large brain.

Just like mammals or birds, insect species of the same size may have different endowments inside their heads. Researchers have discovered some factors linked to brain size in back-boned animals.

But in insects, the drivers of brain size have been more of a mystery. In…

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