Brooding bees lose sleep for their young – and other offspring

Brooding bees lose sleep for their young – and other offspring

A bumblee queen and workers caring for a brood. Credit: Rachel Rosen.

It’s not only human mums who give up precious sleep to care for their newborns. Nursing bees also sacrifice sleep to look after their young – and even offspring that aren’t their own.

That’s one intriguing finding by Guy Bloch’s team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He says it’s “noteworthy in light of Darwin’s theory of evolution”, suggesting that “the remarkable sleep plasticity that we discovered was shaped by the evolution of sociality rather than by individual selection”.

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Published by Cosmos.

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