Honeybee navigation: Following routes using polarized-light cues

Kraft, P., Evangelista, C., Dacke, M., Labhart, T. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2011) Honeybee navigation: Following routes using polarized-light cues. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 366 1565: 703-708. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0203


Author Kraft, P.
Evangelista, C.
Dacke, M.
Labhart, T.
Srinivasan, M. V.
Title Honeybee navigation: Following routes using polarized-light cues
Journal name Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8436
1471-2970
Publication date 2011-03-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2010.0203
Volume 366
Issue 1565
Start page 703
End page 708
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract 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 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.
Keyword Honeybee
Navigation
Polarization vision
Orientation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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