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

@article{Leadbeater2007TheDO,
  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},
  year={2007},
  volume={61},
  pages={1789-1796}
}
  • 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
    106 Citations

    Figures from this paper.

    Social transmission of nectar-robbing behaviour in bumble-bees
    • 64
    • PDF
    Bumblebee social learning can lead to suboptimal foraging choices
    • 10
    • PDF
    Bumble-bees learn the value of social cues through experience
    • 69
    • PDF
    Foraging bumblebees do not rate social information above personal experience
    • 23
    Conspecific and Heterospecific Information Use in Bumblebees
    • 59
    • PDF

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 50 REFERENCES
    Chance and adaptation in the evolution of island bumblebee behaviour
    • 94
    • PDF
    Social Learning in Noncolonial Insects?
    • 98
    • PDF
    Do bumble bees save time when choosing novel flowers by following conspecifics
    • 51
    • Highly Influential
    Resource heterogeneity and patterns of movement in foraging bumblebees
    • 215
    Laboratory analysis of flower constancy in foraging bumblebees: Bombus ternarius and B. terricola
    • 94
    Flower choice copying in bumblebees
    • 104
    • Highly Influential
    • PDF