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Honeybee navigation: Properties of the visually driven odometer

Si, Aung; Srinivasan, Mandyam V; Zhang, Shao Wu


Recent work has revealed that honeybees determine distance flown by gauging the extent to which the image of the environment moves in the eye as they fly toward their destination. Here we examine the properties of this visually driven 'odometer', by training bees to fly to a feeder in a tunnel lined with a range of different visual patterns, and analysing their dances when they return to the hive. We find that the odometric signal is relatively unaffected by variations in the contrast and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.00236


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