Bumblebees lose sleep looking after the young by napping half as much

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    Bumblebees lose sleep looking after the young by napping half as much
    Bees in a hive

    Some bees could do with an extra nap

    Dietmar Nill/naturepl.com

    By Chelsea Whyte

    In some ways, bumblebees are just like us. When they are tending to their queen’s offspring, they lose significantly more sleep than they do away from the presence of the brood.

    In bumblebee colonies, worker bees tend to the queen’s eggs as they move into the larval and then pupal stages before becoming adults. To see if this takes a toll on the amount of sleep the bees get, Guy Bloch at Hebrew University in Israel and his colleagues compared the sleep behaviour of bumblebees during …

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