Olfactory learning in the stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini)

@article{McCabe2010OlfactoryLI,
  title={Olfactory learning in the stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini)},
  author={Sof{\'i}a I. Mc Cabe and Walter Marcelo Farina},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2010},
  volume={196},
  pages={481-490}
}
Tetragonisca angustula stingless bees are considered as solitary foragers that lack specific communication strategies. In their orientation towards a food source, these social bees use chemical cues left by co-specifics and the information obtained in previous foraging trips by the association of visual stimuli with the food reward. Here, we investigated their ability to learn the association between odors and reward (sugar solution) and the effect on learning of previous encounters with… 
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