High frequency sounds produced by Cyprian honeybees Apis mellifera cypria when confronting their predator, the Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis

@article{Papachristoforou2008HighFS,
  title={High frequency sounds produced by Cyprian honeybees Apis mellifera cypria when confronting their predator, the Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis},
  author={Alexandros Papachristoforou and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Sueur and Agn{\`e}s Rortais and Sotirios A. Angelopoulos and Andreas Thrasyvoulou and G{\'e}rard Arnold},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2008},
  volume={39},
  pages={468-474}
}
Honeybees face several predators and their ability to express collective defence behaviour is one of their major life traits that promote colony survival. We discovered that, while confronting attacks by the Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis, Apis mellifera cypria honeybees engage in a distinct acoustic behaviour: they produce a characteristic hissing sound of unexpectedly high frequency. When recording and analysing these hissing sounds during an extended sample of artificial attacks by hornets… CONTINUE READING
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