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Shape vision in bees: innate preference for flower-like patterns

Lehrer, M.; Horridge, George Adrian; Zhang, S. W.; Gadagkar, R.


The bees' spontaneous preferences toward various black-and-white patterns were studied using a multiple-choice test procedure. The patterns are presented on vertical planes, and the bees' choices at a fixed distance from the patterns are recorded. To exclude a possible influence of the bees' previous experience with natural flowers, the bees are trained to randomized checkerboard patterns prior to testing them with sets of other patterns. We find that, when the test...[Show more]

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Date published: 1995
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.1995.0017


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