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Honeybee navigation: following routes using polarized-light cues

Kraft-Klaunzer, Petra; Evangelista, C; Dacke, Marie; Labhart, T; Srinivasan, Mandyam V

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While it is generally accepted that honeybees (Apis mellifera) are capable of using the pattern of polarized light in the sky to navigate to a food source, there is little or no direct behavioural evidence that they actually do so. We have examined whether bees can be trained to find their way through a maze composed of four interconnected tunnels, by using directional information provided by polarized light illumination from the ceilings of the tunnels. The results show that bees can learn...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKraft-Klaunzer, Petra
dc.contributor.authorEvangelista, C
dc.contributor.authorDacke, Marie
dc.contributor.authorLabhart, T
dc.contributor.authorSrinivasan, Mandyam V
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:44:49Z
dc.identifier.issn1471-2970
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37563
dc.description.abstractWhile it is generally accepted that honeybees (Apis mellifera) are capable of using the pattern of polarized light in the sky to navigate to a food source, there is little or no direct behavioural evidence that they actually do so. We have examined whether bees can be trained to find their way through a maze composed of four interconnected tunnels, by using directional information provided by polarized light illumination from the ceilings of the tunnels. The results show that bees can learn this task, thus demonstrating directly, and for the first time, that bees are indeed capable of using the polarized-light information in the sky as a compass to steer their way to a food source.
dc.publisherRoyal Society Publishing
dc.sourcePhilosophical Transaction of the Royal Society: B- Biological Sciences
dc.subjectKeywords: food availability; honeybee; orientation behavior; polarization; tunnel; vision; animal; animal behavior; article; association; bee; decision making; light; physiology; randomization; Animals; Bees; Behavior, Animal; Choice Behavior; Cues; Light; Random A Honeybee; Navigation; Orientation; Polarization vision
dc.titleHoneybee navigation: following routes using polarized-light cues
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume366
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor170112 - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8611701xPUB150
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKraft-Klaunzer, Petra, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationEvangelista, C, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationDacke, Marie, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLabhart, T, University of Zurich
local.contributor.affiliationSrinivasan, Mandyam V, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage703
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage708
local.identifier.doi10.1098/rstb.2010.0203
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:41:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79952346186
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