Olfactory conditioning of the proboscis extension in bumble bees

  title={Olfactory conditioning of the proboscis extension in bumble bees},
  author={David Laloi and Jean-Christophe Sandoz and Anne-Lorraine Picard-Nizou and Antonella Marchesi and Aline Pouvreau and J. N. Taśei and Guy M. Poppy and Minh H{\`a} PHAM-DEL{\`E}GUE},
The foraging behaviour of bumble bees is well documented for nectar and/or pollen gathering, but little is known about the learning processes underlying such behaviour. We report olfactory conditioning in worker bumble bees Bombus terrestrisL. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) obtained under laboratory conditions on restrained individuals. The protocol was adapted from the proboscis extension conditioning previously described in the honey bee Apis m lliferaL. Bumble bees were found to be able to learn a… CONTINUE READING
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