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e-vector conditioning in honeybees

Sakura et al present results from a conditioning paradigm where proboscis extension reflex is used to investigate the properties of bees’ perception of polarised light. The major findings here are that honeybees detect polarisation in the UV and that movement is not required in order to interpret e-vector direction. On that last point, because the heads of the bees are restrained in this experiment, we are able to deduce that bees can instantaneously extract  information from polarised light; Future experiments will address further whether movement strategies are also involved.


Midori Sakura, Ryuichi Okada, and Hitoshi Aonuma (2011) Proc R Soc B. 10.1098/rspb.2011.0929

Evidence for instantaneous e-vector detection in the honeybee using an associative learning paradigm


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