Color choices by bumble bees (Bombus terrestris): innate preferences and generalization after learning

  title={Color choices by bumble bees (Bombus terrestris): innate preferences and generalization after learning},
  author={Andreas Gumbert},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • A. Gumbert
  • Published 6 June 2000
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Abstract It is usually assumed that the choice behavior of bees for floral colors is influenced by innate preferences only for the first flower visits prior to any experience. After visits to rewarding flowers bees learn to associate their colors with a reward. This learning process leads to an acquired preference for the trained colors that has been believed to dominate over previous experiences and over innate preferences. This work investigates how bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) chose among… 
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