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Honeybee odometry: performance in varying natural terrain

Tautz, Juergen; Zhang, Shao Wu; Spaethe, J; Brockmann, Axel; Si, Aung; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


Recent studies have shown that honeybees flying through short, narrow tunnels with visually textured walls perform waggle dances that indicate a much greater flight distance than that actually flown. These studies suggest that the bee's “odometer” is driven by the optic flow (image motion) that is experienced during flight. One might therefore expect that, when bees fly to a food source through a varying outdoor landscape, their waggle dances would depend upon the nature of the terrain...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004-07-13
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS Biology
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020211


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