“Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to recognize faces requires a complex mammalian brain. But some insects are surprisingly adept at this task.” So the article in the December 2013 issue of Scientific American, “Good with Faces,” begins. Professor Elizabeth Tibbetts and Adrian G. Dyer, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, co-authored the fascinating article.
“The wasps and bees buzzing around your garden might seem like simple-minded creatures. They build nests, forage for nectar, raise their young and then die, their lives typically playing out over the course of a single year or less. Some of these species rival humans and other primates in at least one intellectual skill, however: they recognize the individual faces of their peers.”