Home > Papers from 2015 > Geometry use in bumblebees?

Geometry use in bumblebees?

Over recent years there has been a series of papers bringing insects into the debate about whether animals encode the geometry of arenas as part of their spatial behaviour. Here is another example from Lee and Vallortigara. Abstract: ” Researchers of vertebrate navigation have investigated and debated intensely the existence of independent processes underlying spatial representationof environmental geometry and featural cues (e.g., landmarks). One of the most well-known behavioural instantiations of this dissociation originates from the differences in the way animals map locations in the surrounding environment with respect to the external cues such as boundaries or land-marks. Invertebrate researchers have joined this debate in the past few years, showing that insects can be trained to encode spatial locations using a variety of cues within small enclosures. In the present paper, we test insects in a non-rewarded, spontaneous navigation task. We observed bumblebees’ spatial navigation in response to the observed location of a conspecific, over manipulations of cue type and arena size. The results indicate that bumblebees spontaneously use both boundaries and features to guide their spatial behaviour. We discuss the similarities and differences in their behaviours to those of vertebrates and speculate on the implications of these findings”.

Lee, S. A., & Vallortigara, G. (2015) Bumblebees spontaneously map location of conspecific using geometry and features. Learning and Motivation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lmot.2014.10.004

Categories: Papers from 2015
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s