Can bumblebees solve crime?

Bombus terrestris, or the large earth bumblebee, makes a habit of not collecting pollen from flowers in the direct vicinity of its nest. This reduces the risk of its natural enemies following a trail back to its nest. According to British criminologists, this closely mirrors the behaviour of serial offenders: they tend to perpetrate their crimes close to home, but not in the immediate neighbourhood, in order to avoid being recognised. The movement patterns of these bumblebees may be able to help experts map locations that could be associated with a series of crimes, allowing them to improve their tracking of perpetrators.


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