Document Detail

Bumblebee calligraphy: the design and control of flight motifs in the learning and return flights of Bombus terrestris.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23447668     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many wasps and bees learn the position of their nest relative to nearby visual features during elaborate 'learning' flights that they perform on leaving the nest. Return flights to the nest are thought to be patterned so that insects can reach their nest by matching their current view to views of their surroundings stored during learning flights. To understand how ground-nesting bumblebees might implement such a matching process, we have video-recorded the bees' learning and return flights and analysed the similarities and differences between the principal motifs of their flights. Loops that take bees away from and bring them back towards the nest are common during learning flights and less so in return flights. Zigzags are more prominent on return flights. Both motifs tend to be nest based. Bees often both fly towards and face the nest in the middle of loops and at the turns of zigzags. Before and after flight direction and body orientation are aligned, the two diverge from each other so that the nest is held within the bees' fronto-lateral visual field while flight direction relative to the nest can fluctuate more widely. These and other parallels between loops and zigzags suggest that they are stable variations of an underlying pattern, which enable bees to store and reacquire similar nest-focused views during learning and return flights.
Andrew Philippides; Natalie Hempel de Ibarra; Olena Riabinina; Thomas S Collett
Related Documents :
16952338 - Electrophysiological differentiation of phonological and semantic integration in word a...
17710828 - Non-word repetition in children with specific language impairment: a deficit in phonolo...
24528548 - Covert orienting in three etiologies of congenital hydrocephalus: the effect of midbrai...
2969938 - Word identification in reading proceeds from spelling to sound to meaning.
22674238 - International classification of functioning, disability and health categories explored ...
12100978 - Mechanically induced ankle inversion during human walking and jumping.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of experimental biology     Volume:  216     ISSN:  1477-9145     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Exp. Biol.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-28     Completed Date:  2013-08-12     Revised Date:  2014-10-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243705     Medline TA:  J Exp Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1093-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Bees / physiology*
Flight, Animal / physiology*
Homing Behavior / physiology*
Learning / physiology*
Orientation / physiology*
Space Perception / physiology*
Statistics, Nonparametric
Video Recording
Grant Support
BB H013644//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; BB/F010052/1//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; BB/H013644/1//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Spatial memory and stereotypy of flight paths by big brown bats in cluttered surroundings.
Next Document:  Coordinating compass-based and nest-based flight directions during bumblebee learning and return fli...