bee brain size

A bee brain is about the size of a sesame seed and are  capable of some surprisingly high levels of communication, memory and navigation. Bees learn and memorise navigation routes in complex landscapes requiring the ability to detect, distinguish and integrate a multitude of chemical, visual, landmark and celestial cues.  Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. They have exceptional olfactory abilities which means they can recognise their own kin signals, social communication within the hive, and odor recognition for finding food. Their sense of smell is so precise that it could differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from metres away.

A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.

With such a titchy brain the bee sure packs in a lot of intelligence and work and good memory.