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Have you heard the buzz? Honeybees can count.

What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of mathematics? Perhaps it’s formulas scribbled on a chalkboard. Or maybe architectural drawings. Or rocket trajectories. Or taxes. Regardless, there is likely a human hand behind it.

But researchers say that humans might not be the only number crunchers in the animal kingdom. Honeybees may also be able to add and subtract, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

And it’s not the first study to find evidence that nonhuman animals have minds for numbers. Orb-weaving spiders search for prey items stolen from their webs, suggesting that they keep running tallies. Some schooling fish seem to keep a head count of their

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