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Battle of the bees

Human activities have brought the asian and european honeybees back together after 3 million years apart, and despite superficial similarities, research show that these bees don’t perform equally in the same environment. He et al. set out to systematically examine difference between A cerena and A mellifera in terms of their flight activities and navigational performance. Of interest to this blog is that we see A mellifera is a better navigator  when displaced to release points kilometers away from their nest. Whether these performance differences turn out to be due to cognitive or physical factors it will highlight the dependence of navigation on the fine-details of a species biology

He, X., Wang, W., Qin, Q., Zeng, Z., Zhang, S. & Barron, A. 2013 Assessment of flight activity and homing ability in Asian and European honey bee species, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera, measured with radio frequency tags. Apidologie 44, 38-51. Doi: 10.1007/s13592-012-0156-7

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