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Experimental evidence is reported for flower-marking by honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica) while they were foraging on an artificial patch of flowers yielding a continuous and equal flow of sucrose solution. Honeybees marked with scent and rejected all recently visited and nectar-depleted flowers. The short fade-out time of this scent allowed discrimination of flowers that temporarily provided no food. The repellent nature of this scent mark was demonstrated by the use of an air extractor connected to the patch; when the apparatus was turned on, the rejection behaviour disappeared. The movement pattern of foraging bees also contributed to foraging efficiency, as the probability of an immediate return to the flower just abandoned was very low. However, when a quick repeat visit took place, the presence of the repellent scent-mark promoted rapid rejection. © 1992 Springer-Verlag.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Honeybees mark with scent and reject recently visited flowers
Autor:Giurfa, M.; Núñez, J.A.
Filiación:Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pb. II-Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires, CP 1428, Argentina
Palabras clave:Foraging behaviour; Foraging efficiency; Honeybee; Movement pattern; Scent-mark; bee; foraging behaviour; honeybee; scent marking; Apis mellifera ligustica
Página de inicio:113
Página de fin:117
Título revista:Oecologia
Título revista abreviado:Oecologia


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Giurfa, M. & Núñez, J.A. (1992) . Honeybees mark with scent and reject recently visited flowers. Oecologia, 89(1), 113-117.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J.A. "Honeybees mark with scent and reject recently visited flowers" . Oecologia 89, no. 1 (1992) : 113-117.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J.A. "Honeybees mark with scent and reject recently visited flowers" . Oecologia, vol. 89, no. 1, 1992, pp. 113-117.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J.A. Honeybees mark with scent and reject recently visited flowers. Oecologia. 1992;89(1):113-117.