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Honeybee navigation: following routes using polarized-light cues

Kraft, P. ; Evangelista, C. ; Dacke, Marie LU ; Labhart, T. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2011) In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1565). p.703-708
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.
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honeybee, navigation, polarization vision, orientation
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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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366
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1565
pages
703 - 708
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Royal Society Publishing
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  • wos:000286721400013
  • scopus:79952346186
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1471-2970
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10.1098/rstb.2010.0203
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English
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  author       = {Kraft, P. and Evangelista, C. and Dacke, Marie and Labhart, T. and Srinivasan, M. V.},
  issn         = {1471-2970},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1565},
  pages        = {703--708},
  publisher    = {Royal Society Publishing},
  series       = {Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  title        = {Honeybee navigation: following routes using polarized-light cues},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0203},
  doi          = {10.1098/rstb.2010.0203},
  volume       = {366},
  year         = {2011},
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