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Lifelong radar tracking

This paper almost slipped by without notice, which would have been a real shame because it is technically stunning and shows what might be possible in future navigation studies. Woodgate et al have been able to track the entire foraging history of individual bumblebees. They find that individuals vary in the ratio of exploration to exploitation in their flights. Of course this is interesting from a behavioural ecology perspective and the way in which a colony uses their environment. It is also very interesting in terms of navigation and the potential for some bees to have widespread knowledge of the environment, whereas others may restrict themselves to route like corridors.

Woodgate JL, Makinson JC, Lim KS, Reynolds AM, Chittka L (2016) Life-Long Radar Tracking of Bumblebees. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160333. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160333
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