School children announce bumblebee breakthrough

School children announce bumblebee breakthrough

Simply brilliant - school children publish original research in top science journal

A paper published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters showed that bumblebees use both colour and spatial relationships to decide which flower to get nectar from. This gives us a better idea of how bee colour and pattern vision works.

That's pretty exciting - new and original research is great to hear about. However, that's not the most exciting thing about this paper. Guess who wrote it?

A group of 8-10 year old school children from a Devon primary school. No one in the history of science had carried out that research before - they were the first people. They designed and carried out the experiments, wrote down all the observations and wrote up all their work. This is brilliant - well done to those pupils.

Stay tuned to the Planet Science website. We'll be giving you more exciting news about how you can get involved in real science - and more information about bees too!

You can see their published paper HERE.

The pupils were supported in their work by a neuroscientist, Beau Lotto. His LottoLab website is HERE.