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Problem-solving spreads both socially and culturally in bumblebees

(PLOS) Bumblebees can learn to pull strings via social and cultural transmission, according to a study publishing Oct. 4, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Lars Chittka from Queen Mary University of London, UK, and colleagues. The researchers found that bumblebees learn how to pull a string to get a sugar water reward by watching 'demonstrator' bees, and that this skill continues to spread through a colony even after the original string-puller is gone.
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