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This paper documents a fun bit of insect navigation that might actually represent a pretty sophisticated bit of behaviour. Walking bumblebees are presented with a complex maze on their way to a foraging area. Individuals rapidly learn to navigate this maze and the authors claim that visual and odour cues are controlled for. So it seems we have a nice example of complex motor learning. which the authors claim could be useful for navigation in within nest structures. I would love to see further experiments of this type to fully unravel what is going on.
Mirwan, H. B., & Kevan, P. G. (2015). Maze Navigation and Route Memorization by Worker Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens (Cresson)(Hymenoptera: Apidae). Journal of Insect Behavior28(3), 345-357.
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