Assessment of pattern preferences by flower-naïve bumblebees

  title={Assessment of pattern preferences by flower-na{\"i}ve bumblebees},
  author={François R. S{\'e}guin and Catherine M S Plowright},
Two methods for the assessment of preferences by flower-naïve bumble bees (Bombus impatiens) were compared. Bees with and without prior experience on rewarding patterns were given twenty choices of unrewarding patterns (radial vs. concentric) in a radial arm maze. Either way, a preference for radial patterns was obtained. Prior training on grids of circles, squares or diamonds amplified the preference, whereas training on a ring of circles did not. Prior rewarded experience does not merely draw… CONTINUE READING