A comparative analysis of colour preferences in temperate and tropical social bees

@article{Balamurali2017ACA,
  title={A comparative analysis of colour preferences in temperate and tropical social bees},
  author={G. Balamurali and E. Nicholls and H. Somanathan and N. Hempel de Ibarra},
  journal={Die Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2017},
  volume={105}
}
The spontaneous occurrence of colour preferences without learning has been demonstrated in several insect species; however, the underlying mechanisms are still not understood. Here, we use a comparative approach to investigate spontaneous and learned colour preferences in foraging bees of two tropical and one temperate species. We hypothesised that tropical bees utilise different sets of plants and therefore might differ in their spontaneous colour preferences. We tested colour-naive bees and… Expand
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