The dynamics of social learning in an insect model, the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

  title={The dynamics of social learning in an insect model, the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)},
  author={Ellouise Leadbeater and L. Chittka},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • Ellouise Leadbeater, L. Chittka
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) are attracted to those particular inflorescences where other bees are already foraging, a process known as local enhancement. Here, we use a quantitative analysis of learning in a foraging task to illustrate that this attraction can lead bees to learn more quickly which flower species are rewarding if they forage in the company of experienced conspecifics. This effect can also be elicited by model bees, rather than live demonstrators. We also show that local… CONTINUE READING
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