Context affects nestmate recognition errors in honey bees and stingless bees

  title={Context affects nestmate recognition errors in honey bees and stingless bees},
  author={Margaret J. Couvillon and Francisca H. I. D. Segers and Roseanne Cooper-Bowman and Gemma Truslove and Daniela Lima do Nascimento and F{\'a}bio Santos do Nascimento and Francis L. W. Ratnieks},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  pages={3055 - 3061}
SUMMARY Nestmate recognition studies, where a discriminator first recognises and then behaviourally discriminates (accepts/rejects) another individual, have used a variety of methodologies and contexts. This is potentially problematic because recognition errors in discrimination behaviour are predicted to be context-dependent. Here we compare the recognition decisions (accept/reject) of discriminators in two eusocial bees, Apis mellifera and Tetragonisca angustula, under different contexts… 

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