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Evidence for counting in insects

Dacke, Marie; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


Here we investigate the counting ability in honeybees by training them to receive a food reward after they have passed a specific number of landmarks. The distance to the food reward is varied frequently and randomly, whilst keeping the number of intervening landmarks constant. Thus, the bees cannot identify the food reward in terms of its distance from the hive. We find that bees can count up to four objects, when they are encountered sequentially during flight. Furthermore, bees trained in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Cognition
DOI: 10.1007/s10071-008-0159-y


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