How a Bee Thinks

How a Bee Thinks

Thank you for your interest in my presentation on honey bee senses & cognition. Here is a summary list of books, papers, blogs, & websites that you can use to learn more about this topic.

General References on Honey Bee Senses & Cognition

  • Book: The Buzz About Bees, Tautz
  • Book: Honey Bee Democracy, Thomas Seeley
  • Paper: The Amazing Mini-Brain: Lessions from a Honey Bee, Martin Giurfa, Bee World, 84(1): 5–18 (2003), http://cognition.ups-tlse.fr/productscientific/documents/papers/Giurfa-BeeWorld-003.pdf
  • Paper: Honeybees as a Model for the Study of Visually Guided Flight, Navigation, and Biologically Inspired Robotics, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, http://physrev.physiology.org/content/91/2/413.full
  • Honey Bee Anatomy. http://www.understandingbeeanatomy.com/
  • NC State Dept. Entomology tutorial on insect behavior: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/library/tutorials/behavior/elements_of_behavior.html

Smell

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfaction
  • Bees detect cancer: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-bees-be-trained-to-sniff-out-cancer-180948269/
  • Scientists train honeybees to detect explosives, 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T7d0bze4kM
  • Inscentinel – I suspect that this company is out of business. Their website is no longer live. Currently, this work seems to continue at Los Alamos National Labs
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inscentinel
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/inscentinel

Taste

  • http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00025/full

Compound Eyes, Ocelli, Ultraviolet, & Polarized Light

  • Honeybees as a Model for the Study of Visually Guided Flight, Navigation, and Biologically Inspired Robotics, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, http://physrev.physiology.org/content/91/2/413.full
  • This photographer takes pictures in the ultra-violet so he is able to show the same flower in the human-perceived spectrum and the bee-perceived spectrum. http://photographyoftheinvisibleworld.blogspot.de
  • On light polarization and navigation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarized_light & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_sky_model
  • On how bees might use polarized vision: http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/4/549.full.pdf+html
  • On ocelli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocelli

Vibrations, Sound, & Electroreception

  • http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0000234
  • http://www.honeybee.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/column/ESF.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroreception

Magnetoreception

  • I found many papers on this subject. The following one seems to provide the best survey of this topic. http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/Suppl_2/S207.full?cited-by=yes&legid=royinterface;7/Suppl_2/S207
  • Thomas E Ferrari, “Magnets, magnetic field fluctuations and geomagnetic disturbances impair the homing ability of honey bees (Apis mellifera)”, September 2014, Journal of Apicultural Research, Vol. 53 (4) pp. 452-465, http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/index.php/component/k2/item/3598

Insect Behavior & Intelligence

  • Dr Menzel: http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/menzel/menzel.html. Lots of good papers here. A good one to start with is http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/menzel/Pub_AGmenzel/MenzelGiurfa_TICS_2001.pdf
  • NC State Univ Tutorial: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/library/tutorials/behavior/elements_of_behavior.html

Associative Learning & Classical Conditioning

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trained_hymenoptera
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_learning_and_communication

Concepts & Cognitive Maps

  • Conceptual Learning by Miniature Brains, Aurore Avargues-Weber and Martin Giurfa, http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1772/20131907.full.pdf
  • The author cites numerous papers that find that bees utilize cognitive maps then proposes counter arguments to cognitive maps in bees, Do Animals Have Cognitive Maps?, Andrew T. D. Bennett, http://jeb.biologists.org/content/199/1/219.full.pdf
  • Honey bees navigate according to a map-like spatial memory, http://www.pnas.org/content/102/8/3040.full.pdf
  • Way-finding in displaced clock-shifted bees proves bees use a cognitive map, http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8949.full.pdf?with-ds=yes

Time Sense & Numerical Cognition

  • Animal Cognition: An Insect’s Sense of Time?, Peter Skorupski and Lars Chittka, http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/menzel/Pub_AGmenzel/SkorupskiChittka06.pdf
  • Numerical Cognition in Bees and Other Insects, Mario Pahl, Aung Si, and Shaowu Zhang, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3629984/pdf/fpsyg-04-00162.pdf
  • Can honey bees count landmarks?, Chittka and Geiger (1995), http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/menzel/Pub_AGmenzel/ChittkaGeiger%2095%20AnimBehav.pdf

Social Learning

  • http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21576627-strange-case-bandit-bumblebees-bad-beehaviour
  • http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/goulsonlab/index
  • Goulson, D., Park, K.J., Tinsley, M.C., Bussière, L.F. & Vallejo-Marin, M. 2013. Social learning drives handedness in nectar robbing bumblebees. BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY 67: 1141-1150. [PDF 426.63KB]

Recruitment/Waggle Dance

  • Tom Seeley video on hive intelligence: http://youtu.be/1x8T_CHZemE
  • See his book, Honey Bee Democracy

Honey Bee Inspired Science

Honey Bee Science Fiction

  • http://www.brandpowder.com/lady-bee
  • Greenpeace, new bees video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGTNjPow3LM
  • Greenpeace, http://sos-bees.org/