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Traplining in honeybees

Trapline foraging is observed in many insects, whereby an individual visits a series of locations in a repeatable and consistent order. As a natural behaviour this has been observed in solitary bees visiting sequences of orchids and in parasitic wasps monitoring a series of potential hosts. Experimentally, traplining has been well studied in bumblebees whose foragers are solitary. In this paper, it is shown that honeybee foragers also develop trapline routes in experimental situations, which is interesting for a species with social recruitment. That traplining seems to be a general emergent property of routes visiting multiple locations, reinforces the prevailing idea that the major navigation mode for insect is the development and maintainance of habitual idiosyncratic routes.

Buatois, A., & Lihoreau, M. (2016). Evidence of trapline foraging in honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology219(16), 2426-2429.
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