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Visual regulation of ground speed and headwind compoensation in freely flying honye bees (apis mellifera L.)

Barron, Andrew; Srinivasan, Mandyam V


There is now increasing evidence that honey bees regulate their ground speed in flight by holding constant the speed at which the image of the environment moves across the eye (optic flow). We have investigated the extent to which ground speed is affected by headwinds. Honey bees were trained to enter a tunnel to forage at a sucrose feeder placed at its far end. Ground speeds in the tunnel were recorded while systematically varying the visual texture of the tunnel, and the strength of headwinds...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.02085


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