Visual detection of diminutive floral guides in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris and in the honeybee Apis mellifera

@article{Lunau2009VisualDO,
  title={Visual detection of diminutive floral guides in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris and in the honeybee Apis mellifera},
  author={Klaus Lunau and Katrin Unseld and Franziska Wolter},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2009},
  volume={195},
  pages={1121-1130}
}
Many flowers display colour patterns comprising a large peripheral colour area that serves to attract flower visitors from some distance, and a small central, contrastingly coloured area made up by stamens or floral guides. In this study, we scaled down the size of floral guides to detect the minimal size bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) and honeybees (Apis mellifera) require for guidance. We analyzed the approach and the precise contact of the antennal tips with the floral guide of artificial… CONTINUE READING
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