Honeybee navigation: properties of the visually driven 'odometer'

Si, Aung, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Zhang, Shaowu (2003) Honeybee navigation: properties of the visually driven 'odometer'. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206 8: 1265-1273. doi:10.1242/jeb.00236

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Author Si, Aung
Srinivasan, Mandyam V.
Zhang, Shaowu
Title Honeybee navigation: properties of the visually driven 'odometer'
Journal name Journal of Experimental Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0949
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1242/jeb.00236
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 206
Issue 8
Start page 1265
End page 1273
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cambridge
Publisher Company of Biologists Ltd
Language eng
Subject 06 Biological Sciences
Abstract 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 spatial frequency content of the patterns. Furthermore, a strong signal is generated even when the walls or the floor of the tunnel provide only weak optic-flow cues. Thus, distance flown is measured by a visually driven odometer that is surprisingly robust to variations in the texture or sparseness of the visual environment through which the bee flies.
Keyword Biology
visual pattern
odometric signal
optic flow
Optic Flow
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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