Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

In undergrad, I used to study learning and memory in honeybees so always felt a sort of respect for the hard life of a bee. If you never felt a little sad to see a honeybee die after spending its lone sting or a little in awe of their ability to use a brain the size of a pinhead to transmit the location of nectar, you might after watching this short animated film. Only complaint I have is the obvious slander of our avian friends!

Music by Menomena, directed by Stefan Nadelman


  1. #1 Left_Wing_Fox
    October 1, 2007

    I thought this was a “Clan Apis” post at first.

    Great video!

  2. #2 Dan
    October 1, 2007


    One of the things I recently learned about bees that really fascinated me to no end was their ability to, for lack of a better word, cook whatever invader they find in their hive. Apparently, they all get together and move around a hell of a lot to raise the temperature of the invader to well over a hundred degrees by “thermoballing“.

  3. #3 Jorge Gajardo Rojas
    October 1, 2007

    For me ants societies are more valuable.I think in the warriors ants of Amazon who are nomad and have a more strong and complex ties that bees.

  4. #4 Shelley
    October 2, 2007

    Dan, good call on the thermoballing, that is way cool. I should blog that, I want to know more about it myself.

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