I very much agree with Vance about hives at the end of a row becoming stronger by picking-up extra returning foragers. Some years back I set-up 8 nucs closely set together in a row, and eventually had to rescue the mid-row nucs as their numbers dwindled right down.Problem-solving honey bees could help develop smarter AI
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found honey bees can solve a type of maths test without any need for numbers - a discovery they say could be used to help develop smarter artificial intelligence.
In the study, the honey bees were trained to identify placards showing different numbers of shapes and they were found to be using non-numerical cues, to solve a numerical problem.
Some bees learned to find a sugary reward at the placards with the most shapes on display, while others learned to find the treat at the placards showing the fewest number of shapes.
Once the bees learned this rule, they were able to quickly identify the placard with the highest or lowest number of shapes on them in order to find their reward.
Dr HaDi MaBouDi, from the University of Sheffield, said: “The results show animals are incredibly clever and can solve tasks in unexpected ways.
"This will be very practical in the future of artificial intelligence for designing smart machines based on animals that have evolved for some particular tasks.”
Professor James Marshall added: “It's worth bearing in mind that nature usually finds the simplest possible solution to a problem."
How did you rescue them?This might be vaguely relevant:
I very much agree with Vance about hives at the end of a row becoming stronger by picking-up extra returning foragers. Some years back I set-up 8 nucs closely set together in a row, and eventually had to rescue the mid-row nucs as their numbers dwindled right down.
Curious on how you're able to determine the flow direction? Unless you have commercial hives set on the edge for pollination?What I've noticed about the hives on the end of a row collecting more drift is that only happens if the nectar flow direction from the hives is to the side, so the side that is closest to nectar flow gets the most bees on return flight. If the nectar flow is straight away from the entrances of the row, then I get no drift.
My flows are to the east and north, because of rice fields to the north-west and from very large commercial beeyards to my south.Curious on how you're able to determine the flow direction? Unless you have commercial hives set on the edge for pollination?
My flow is a full 360º from my hives so maybe that's also why I don't get drift? Also notice my hives are low and protected from the wind by the lattice, vines, and bushes. Keeps the wind down so you don't get bees blowing into another hive as well.
Hi Bill - simply by accepting that they'd lost the lion's share of their foragers and xferring each nuc into a separate box. These were then spread around the apiary and given feed until they'd re-built their numbers. There was a set-back of course, maybe about a month, but they eventually recovered and went on to survive the next winter ok.How did you rescue them?