Be careful which bee you swat because they’re capable of picking you out of a crowd in the future. (See, revenge really is sweet!) Turns out both bees and humans use a technique called configural processing in piecing together the components of a face - eyes, ears, mouth and nose - to form a recognizable pattern. How this is helping with machine learning of facial recognition is the fact that bee brains are much simpler than ours. We have over 100 billion neurons and bees have a mere one million. This simpler neural network may help facial recognition technologists in teaching computers to identify various mugs. The one aspect of facial recognition that both machines and bees have difficulty with is faces that change over time; whether through various facial hair, glasses, hats or aging. So go ahead and swat that bee…just remember to don a fedora and grow a goatee for the next month.