Going with the flow: A brief history of the study of the honeybee's navigational 'odometer'

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) Going with the flow: A brief history of the study of the honeybee's navigational 'odometer'. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 200 6: 563-573. doi:10.1007/s00359-014-0902-6


Author Srinivasan, Mandyam V.
Title Going with the flow: A brief history of the study of the honeybee's navigational 'odometer'
Journal name Journal of Comparative Physiology A   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0340-7594
1432-1351
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s00359-014-0902-6
Volume 200
Issue 6
Start page 563
End page 573
Total pages 11
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer Verlag
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1105 Dentistry
1314 Physiology
2802 Behavioral Neuroscience
Abstract Honeybees navigate to a food source using a sky-based compass to determine their travel direction, and an odometer to register how far they have travelled. The past 20 years have seen a renewed interest in understanding the nature of the odometer. Early work, pioneered by von Frisch and colleagues, hypothesized that travel distance is measured in terms of the energy that is consumed during the journey. More recent studies suggest that visual cues play a role as well. Specifically, bees appear to gauge travel distance by sensing the extent to which the image of the environment moves in the eye during the journey from the hive to the food source. Most of the evidence indicates that travel distance is measured during the outbound journey. Accumulation of odometric errors is restricted by resetting the odometer every time a prominent landmark is passed. When making detours around large obstacles, the odometer registers the total distance of the path that is flown to the destination, and not the "bee-line" distance. Finally, recent studies are revealing that bees can perform odometry in three dimensions.
Keyword Honeybee
Navigation
Odometry
Optic flow
Vision
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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