A recent study conducted by biologists Elizabeth Tibbetts of the University of Michigan and Adrian Dyer of RMIT University in Melbourne published by Scientific American has found that, along with Honeybees, Wasps can now recognize human faces.
It has been known for years that Honeybees can recognize, each others faces, but the ability to distinguish differences Human faces is somewhat of a revelation. The ability to distinguish human faces was once thought to apply only to Primates and other high level Mammals, however we are now finding out that insects, once thought of as “pests” now have recognition abilities that are comparable to us as humans.
Much like humans, animals and insects alike use this information throughout their lives. Learning where to go, and more importantly where not to go, aids these insects in their day to day lives.
This may be unsettling for some, who routinely treat these insects aggressively. The thought that [they] now can remember your face may cause some to treat Wasps and Honeybees with a little more respect and go about pest treatments more cautiously. It may also explain why some go near nests and experience no problems, while others are stung without provoking the colony at all.
Link to Scientific American Article
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