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Large Scale Homing in Honeybees

Pahl, Mario; Zhu, Hong; Tautz, Jürgen; Zhang, Shaowu


Honeybee foragers frequently fly several kilometres to and from vital resources, and communicate those locations to their nest mates by a symbolic dance language. Research has shown that they achieve this feat by memorizing landmarks and the skyline panorama, using the sun and polarized skylight as compasses and by integrating their outbound flight paths. In order to investigate the capacity of the honeybees' homing abilities, we artificially displaced foragers to novel release spots at various...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-05-13
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019669


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