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Effects of cocaine on honey bee dance behaviour

Barron, Andrew; Maleszka, Ryszard; Helliwell, Paul; Robinson, Gene E


The role of cocaine as an addictive drug of abuse in human society is hard to reconcile with its ecological role as a natural insecticide and plant-protective compound, preventing herbivory of coca plants (Erythroxylum spp.). This paradox is often explained by proposing a fundamental difference in mammalian and invertebrate responses to cocaine, but here we show effects of cocaine on honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) that parallel human responses. Forager honey bees perform symbolic dances to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.025361


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