Bees navigate by optic flow experienced during flight. They appear to log distance by measuring the rate that images of passing terrain move in their eye during flight. The bee’s view of the world indeed corresponds to a unique way of interpreting the landscape. They share news of their travels with their fellow bees. In recent studies, investigators have explored the possibility of modeling navigational systems of exploration vehicles to Mars after a bee’s optical flow network.
The way small flying insects successfully navigate their environment is quite intriguing. With relatively few neurons, flying insects effectively manage to process their surroundings and make locomotive decisions with deftness and accuracy.