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1. Honeybees Apis mellifera ligustica were trained to work on a patch with artificial rewarding and non-rewarding flowers, coupled to an air extractor. The perceptual colour distance between the rewarding and the non-rewarding flowers was varied and the flower choice and the repellent scent-marking behaviour of the bees were recorded. 2. The discrimination between rewarding and non-rewarding flowers depended on their colour distance, improving with a greater colour difference. This task was guided thus visually and was not affected by activating the air extractor. 3. The scent-marking activity was only observable when the colour information of both groups of flowers was the same or very similar. This thus represents the first reported case of a modulation of an olfactory activity through the visual input provided by colour distances. When the air extractor was activated, rejections associated with the scent-marking behaviour disappeared, thus confirming the olfactory nature of this behaviour. 4. Honeybees are thus capable of using one or more sensory cues to enhance their foraging efficiency, according to the environmental situation. This great plasticity allows them to attain an enhanced efficiency while foraging. 5. We successfully applied the model of colour choice behaviour of the honeybee. Since the original theory was developed for Apis mellifera carnica, this work also constitutes the first attempt to describe the behaviour of the honeybee race, Apis mellifera ligustica, using the postulated model, and reaffirms thus its generality. © 1994 Springer-Verlag.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Odour and colour information in the foraging choice behaviour of the honeybee
Autor:Giurfa, M.; Núñez, J.; Backhaus, W.
Filiación:Dpto. de Ciencias Biológicas, FCEyN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1428, Argentina
Institut für Neurobiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 28/30, Berlin, D-14195, Germany
Palabras clave:Colour vision; Efficiency; Foraging; Honeybees; Scent marking
Página de inicio:773
Página de fin:779
Título revista:Journal of Comparative Physiology A
Título revista abreviado:J Comp Physiol A


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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J. & Backhaus, W. (1994) . Odour and colour information in the foraging choice behaviour of the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 175(6), 773-779.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J., Backhaus, W. "Odour and colour information in the foraging choice behaviour of the honeybee" . Journal of Comparative Physiology A 175, no. 6 (1994) : 773-779.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J., Backhaus, W. "Odour and colour information in the foraging choice behaviour of the honeybee" . Journal of Comparative Physiology A, vol. 175, no. 6, 1994, pp. 773-779.
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Giurfa, M., Núñez, J., Backhaus, W. Odour and colour information in the foraging choice behaviour of the honeybee. J Comp Physiol A. 1994;175(6):773-779.