24/03/2011 16:55 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Children's Science Project On Bees Uncovers New Discovery

Bees Do your kids hate doing school projects?

Well, next time they moan, here's something to inspire them.

A group of primary school children's science project on bees has uncovered new scientific facts – and has been published in an international biology journal.
Pupils aged eight to 10 spent a term examining how bees use patterns and colour to see their environment.

Their findings, hailed as a "world first", were published yesterday as part of a paper in respected Biology Letters.

The 30 youngsters at Blackawton Primary near Totnes, Devon, found that bees can learn and remember cues based on colours and patterns to determine how and where to find food.

Head Dave Strudwick hit on the idea after speaking with London-based neuroscientist Dr Beau Lotto.

Mr Strudwick said: 'The pupils' experiment resulted in genuinely novel findings. They deserve to be published.'

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