Honey bees possess a polarity-sensitive magnetoreceptor

@article{Lambinet2017HoneyBP,
  title={Honey bees possess a polarity-sensitive magnetoreceptor},
  author={Veronika Lambinet and Michael E. Hayden and Chloe Reid and Gerhard Gries},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2017},
  volume={203},
  pages={1029-1036}
}
Honey bees, Apis mellifera, exploit the geomagnetic field for orientation during foraging and for alignment of their combs within hives. We tested the hypothesis that honey bees sense the polarity of magnetic fields. We created an engineered magnetic anomaly in which the magnetic field generally either converged toward a sugar reward in a watch glass, or away from it. After bees in behavioral field studies had learned to associate this anomaly with a sugar water reward, we subjected them to two… CONTINUE READING
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