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A pot pourri of papers

To end the week, we have a mixture of interesting papers. Firstly, Smith et al show some beautiful images resulting from microCT scans of insect brains. Secondly, a surprising result where garden ants don’t seem to benefit from following pheromone trails in their route learning. And thirdly a nice experiment from Moreyra et al with wasps. Individuals are subject to repeated feeder shifts and show reduced disturbance with each shift. This could be interpreted as a form of meta-learning, or it could be that the cumulative visual experience of successive position leads to the wasp preferring the centre of mass of the previous locations, which may provide a more efficient location from which to start one’s search.

Smith, D. B. et al. Exploring miniature insect brains using micro-CT scanning techniques. Sci. Rep. 6, 21768; doi: 10.1038/srep21768 (2016).

Czaczkes TJ, Weichselgartner T, Bernadou A, Heinze J (2016) The Effect of Trail Pheromone and Path Confinement on Learning of Complex Routes in the AntLasius niger. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0149720. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149720

Moreyra, S., D’Adamo, P., & Lozada, M. Learning in Vespula germanica social wasps: situations of unpredictable food locations. Insectes Sociaux, 1-4.

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