BEES must be buzzing for the World Cup — as research shows they can play football.
The insects were observed enjoying a kickabout in their stripey yellow and black kits — just like the Hornets at Watford.
In a series of experiments, bumblebees were seen repeatedly rolling a little wooden ball, despite having no incentive to do so.
Much like their human footballing counterparts, younger bees were seen to be busier on the ball than their elders, with some swarming over it 117 times.
Further tests showed they went for the ball instead of opting for a treat, reinforcing the idea that they are playing the bee-tiful game for pure pleasure.
Researcher Samadi Galpayage, a PhD student from Queen Mary University of London, said: “It is certainly mind-blowing, at times amusing, to watch bumblebees show something like play.
“They approach and manipulate these ‘toys’ again and again.
It goes to show, once more, that despite their little size and tiny brains, they are more than small robotic beings.”