Flower choice copying in bumblebees

Bradley D. Worden, Daniel R Papaj

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

82 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We tested a hypothesis originating with Darwin that bees outside the nest exhibit social learning in flower choices. Naive bumblebees, Bombus impatiens, were allowed to observe trained bees or artificial bees forage from orange or green flowers. Subsequently, observers of bees on green flowers landed more often on green flowers than non-observing controls or observers of models on orange flowers. These results demonstrate that bumblebees can change flower choice by observations of non-nest mates, a novel form of social learning in insects that could provide unique benefits to the colony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-507
Number of pages4
JournalBiology Letters
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 22 2005

Fingerprint

Bombus
Bees
flowers
Apoidea
Impatiens
learning
Bombus impatiens
Insects
nests
forage
insects

Keywords

  • Bumblebees
  • Social information
  • Social learning
  • Stimulus enhancement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Flower choice copying in bumblebees. / Worden, Bradley D.; Papaj, Daniel R.

In: Biology Letters, Vol. 1, No. 4, 22.12.2005, p. 504-507.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Worden, Bradley D. ; Papaj, Daniel R. / Flower choice copying in bumblebees. In: Biology Letters. 2005 ; Vol. 1, No. 4. pp. 504-507.
@article{15ad279a69cd4894bab60ed10c2ec1a1,
title = "Flower choice copying in bumblebees",
abstract = "We tested a hypothesis originating with Darwin that bees outside the nest exhibit social learning in flower choices. Naive bumblebees, Bombus impatiens, were allowed to observe trained bees or artificial bees forage from orange or green flowers. Subsequently, observers of bees on green flowers landed more often on green flowers than non-observing controls or observers of models on orange flowers. These results demonstrate that bumblebees can change flower choice by observations of non-nest mates, a novel form of social learning in insects that could provide unique benefits to the colony.",
keywords = "Bumblebees, Social information, Social learning, Stimulus enhancement",
author = "Worden, {Bradley D.} and Papaj, {Daniel R}",
year = "2005",
month = "12",
day = "22",
doi = "10.1098/rsbl.2005.0368",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "1",
pages = "504--507",
journal = "Biology Letters",
issn = "1744-9561",
publisher = "Royal Society of London",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Flower choice copying in bumblebees

AU - Worden, Bradley D.

AU - Papaj, Daniel R

PY - 2005/12/22

Y1 - 2005/12/22

N2 - We tested a hypothesis originating with Darwin that bees outside the nest exhibit social learning in flower choices. Naive bumblebees, Bombus impatiens, were allowed to observe trained bees or artificial bees forage from orange or green flowers. Subsequently, observers of bees on green flowers landed more often on green flowers than non-observing controls or observers of models on orange flowers. These results demonstrate that bumblebees can change flower choice by observations of non-nest mates, a novel form of social learning in insects that could provide unique benefits to the colony.

AB - We tested a hypothesis originating with Darwin that bees outside the nest exhibit social learning in flower choices. Naive bumblebees, Bombus impatiens, were allowed to observe trained bees or artificial bees forage from orange or green flowers. Subsequently, observers of bees on green flowers landed more often on green flowers than non-observing controls or observers of models on orange flowers. These results demonstrate that bumblebees can change flower choice by observations of non-nest mates, a novel form of social learning in insects that could provide unique benefits to the colony.

KW - Bumblebees

KW - Social information

KW - Social learning

KW - Stimulus enhancement

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=27644457913&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=27644457913&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0368

DO - 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0368

M3 - Article

C2 - 17148244

AN - SCOPUS:27644457913

VL - 1

SP - 504

EP - 507

JO - Biology Letters

JF - Biology Letters

SN - 1744-9561

IS - 4

ER -