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The ontogeny of exploration

With radar technology we are able to track bees over reasonable distances and with that we can investigate how naive bees explore their environment prior to a foraging career. We have long know that in the vicinity of a goal bees will perform learning flights (aka turn back and look flights) whereby they inspect the surroundings of the goal. In addition to this bees perform orientation/survey flights where they inspect the environment over reasonable distances (but don’t forage). Data regarding these larger flights is rare and so any new data is invaluable. Here, Osborne et al. look at naive bumblebees and show path development with experience and discuss the similarities and differences with equivalent honeybee behaviour.

 Osborne JL, Smith A, Clark SJ, Reynolds DR, Barron MC, et al. (2013) The Ontogeny of Bumblebee Flight Trajectories: From Naïve Explorers to Experienced Foragers. PLoS ONE 8(11): e78681. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078681
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