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Everyone knows that bees busy. There is even a saying in English that one can "as busy as a bee". However, little is about how bees play. Scientists have one way that bees could after a busy day making honey - they with balls. The scientists are from Queen Mary University of London. They did different tests on bees "playing" with different things. The insects particularly playing with small, wooden balls. The researchers said the way bees was a little like how humans play. Younger bees more balls than older bees, while adult males longer playing with balls than adult females. The ball-rolling bees are the first known insects to "play".

The researchers on 45 bumblebees in a specially designed test area. The bees were two options. The first choice was to fly or directly to get a sugary treat. The second choice was to get to the treat by around different coloured wooden balls. Most of the bees to play with the balls and then get their treat. A researcher said the experiments that bees are more thoughtful than people . She said: "Bees are a million miles from the mindless, unfeeling creatures they are traditionally believed to ." She added that: "This research a strong indication that insect minds are far more sophisticated than we might ."

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