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

The dynamics of social learning in an insect model, the bumblebee ( Bombus terrestris ),10.1007/s00265-007-0412-4,Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

The dynamics of social learning in an insect model, the bumblebee ( Bombus terrestris )   (Citations: 12)
BibTex | RIS | RefWorks Download
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 enhancement in bumblebees most likely reflects a general attraction to conspecifics that is not limited to a foraging context. Based on the widespread occurrence of both local enhancement and associative learning in the invertebrates, we suggest that social influences on learning in this group may be more common than the current literature would suggest and that invertebrates may provide a useful model for understanding how learning processes based on social information evolve.
Journal: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology - BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL , vol. 61, no. 11, pp. 1789-1796, 2007
Cumulative Annual
View Publication
The following links allow you to view full publications. These links are maintained by other sources not affiliated with Microsoft Academic Search.
    • ..., foragers were allowed to familiarise themselves with, and feed from, the experimental stimulus, a single artificial yellow flower. The flower was positioned at the entrance of the flight arena filled with sucrose solution 50% (v/v). In keeping with previous social learning bee experiment protocols (e.g. ...

    Erika H. Dawsonet al. Conspecific and Heterospecific Information Use in Bumblebees

    • ...This includes studies on population genetics, mating biology, sexual selection, caste determination, social behavior, host-parasite interactions, immunology and plant-pollinator interactions [1-11]...

    Eckart Stolleet al. A second generation genetic map of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris (Li...

    • ...Social learning appears widespread across both vertebrate and invertebrate taxa (Hoppitt and Laland, 2008; Leadbeater and Chittka, 2007), whilst experimental work has established that social transmission can result in the establishment of behavioural traditions (e.g...
    • ...For example, Leadbeater and Chittka (2007) found social transmission could speed the rate at which bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) learned to discriminate differently coloured artificial flowers, because they were attracted to rewarding flowers occupied by informed conspecifics, allowing them to learn by their own experience that these flowers are rewarding...

    William Hoppittet al. Detecting social transmission in networks

    • ...To name but a few, bumblebees have been utilised in research on social evolution [2,3] and organisation [4,5], development [6,7], plant-pollinator interactions [8-10], learning [11,12], invasion biology [13], host-parasite ecology [14-17], ecological immunology [18-20], and community ecology [21,22]...

    Ben M Saddet al. Analysis of a normalised expressed sequence tag (EST) library from a k...

    • ...However, a growing number of studies now show that invertebrates can also learn through inadvertently provided social information (Coolen et al. 2005; Worden & Papaj 2005; Leadbeater & Chittka 2007a, reviewed in Leadbeater & Chittka 2007b)...

    Ellouise Leadbeateret al. Social transmission of nectar-robbing behaviour in bumble-bees

Sort by: