Honey bees – with a tiny brain the size of a sesame seed – can solve amazingly difficult problems (esp navigational challenges). Here is some research that suggests when young bees are stressed and sent out to labor too early – bee colonies collapse.
– See MQU Article ‘Why stressed young bees’ early start to foraging can lead to colony collapse‘
– Research paper by Clint J. Perry, Eirik Søvik, Mary R. Myerscough, and Andrew B. Barron (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences): ‘Rapid behavioral maturation accelerates failure of stressed honey bee colonies‘
Arguably the insect suffering involved here is in and of it self bad enough – though people listen when they hear about Colony Collapse Disorder – or how the loss of bee colonies effects peoples food supply lines (leading to more suffering). I’d be interested to know what Brian Tomasik and David Pearce thinks about this.