It is important to qualify what “consciousness” means when we are talking about bees.
What do biologists make of the apparently purposive nature of all these different kinds of complex programmed behaviors?
Charles Darwin conceded that such instincts are “so wonderful” that their origin would strike many as “a difficulty sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.”
While these theories may appear reasonable, given the complexity of the behavior it is unclear how a Darwinian process can be a plausible explanation.
We have even seen one professor declare the supposed personhood of peas. Now, it is insects’ turn at being anthropomorphized.